Alexis Esquivel - Threshold / Obsession

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, 1999-2000. An old-fashioned wooden shoe last, the memory/memento of those who walked before, is destroyed in the present by a shoemaker with the knife that is the tool of his trade. While an omniscient camera films this moment, someone meticulously collects the slivers of wood and places them in a glass shoe, a woman’s dress shoe which rests upon the monitor displaying the image previously recorded. The monitor serves as lamp and as pedestal in the shadowy site in which all this occurs; its glow is reflected in the surfaces of the glass shoe which sometimes appears to give off its own light.