A Conversation Starter

Maryam Nabavinejad


(Persian shoes, above, are from the Collection of the Bata Shoe Museum, BSM P83.26)
A pair of shoes from where I’m from the land I have come from. Pearl beaded, with colourful signs of royal birds and tree of life. The shoes don’t talk to me. I cannot imagine the woman who once possessed them. The rare stories discovered and told about the women in that bitter part of history discouraged my young self from getting close to them. Now, these peacock-signed shoes bring the shady women of old photos to life. This strong testimony of existence pushes back my long-time feelings of denial. I start a conversation with the woman who once put the shoes on.

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