Gallery Petra Nostheide-Eycke presents an installation by Svenja Ritter in a shoe salon at the Art Karlsruhe 2013. Svenja Ritter, former co-curator of the Afghan pavilion 51st Venice Biennale.
Svenja Ritter’s specially designed installation ‘VERTIGO HEELS SHOE SALON’ demonstrates that boundaries between normality and strangeness characterize the human condition.
Idealized beauty, luxury ideas as well as the images of women are symbolized mainly in women’s shoes in the media. Ritter began her series of shoes in 2005 in a workgroup called VERTIGO HEELS. Women shoes are mutated from bare garments into a fetish and a status symbol. To take this to the extreme, the artist began work on extreme high heels. The unsustainability and dysfunctionality is emphasized by structures inside the shoes as well. By attaching silver, thorns, needles or other metal parts that make the shoe additionally unbearable torture and clarify the nature of the shoe.
In her work Ritter’s moves between beauty and disgust and she thus not only refers to the transience of fashion, but also on existential questions.
Art Karlsruhe 2013 | STAND L04 |HALLE 4
SVENJA RITTER- VERTIGO HEELS SCHUHSALON | ONE ARTIST SHOW
GALERIE PETRA NOSTHEIDE-EŸCKE
Kirchfeldstraße 84, 40215 Düsseldorf
More shoes by Svenja Ritter at the Virtual Shoe Museum.