Mina Harker

Barbara Zucchi

This shoe sculpure is part of a series of 20 sculptures of shoes dedicated to the most relevant women in history, literature, cinema and comics. This project has been commissioned by Superstudio Milan and ANCI, and chosen as opening event for the MICAM 2006.

Mina Harker
In Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Mina Harker is a quiet English teacher that should marry an employee. Her fiancé goes to Transylvania to meet up with the Earl Dracula for a real estate’s sale. The Earl sees a photograph of the young lady which resembles exactly his beloved dead bride, that killed herself centuries before believing her husband dead in battle. So the Earl decides to move to London to court Mina, she falls into his arms, in a reminiscence’s dance of a love which passed unhurt through the centuries, perhaps with fascinations and disillusions to the final blood catharsis in which she chooses to set her lover free from the curse of “non-dead”, transfixing his hearth and cutting off the head. I’ve therefore realized her sandal with some garlic cloves, famously unpopular for vampires and speakers. The heels are two crucifixes, symbol of the Christ, of Redemption, of Death and his consequent Resurrection aside of the struggle against vampires. In fact, it will be his last “bride” to put the word end on the dark legend of Dracula.

Courtesy of Daniele Fontana at Whitenoisephotography 2007.

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