In 2009, Mexican artist Elina Chauvet made an installation in memory of thousands of young women who had been tortured and killed in Mexico during the 1990s and 2000s.
For decades, the “Los Zapatos Rojos” (Red Shoes) installation has toured cities around the world.
This year, the Museum of the Goldfields is hosting Red Shoes Australia's installation as part of WA's annual 16 Days in WA: Stop Violence Against Women campaign.
With one woman losing their life to gender-based violence in Australia every week, the aim of the Red Shoes installation is to provide a visual representation of the lives lost and a reminder of the continued need for reform around this critical issue.
Red Shoes Australia
Several years ago leading Australian forensic scientist, Dr Paola Magni, stumbled across an incredible public art installation made entirely of red shoes in her Italian hometown of Turin.
Deeply moved by the story behind Los Zapatos Rojos, Paola began wearing a pair of red stilettos at public speaking engagements.
With one woman now losing their life to gender-based violence in Australia every week, Paola has collaborated with artist Elina Chauvet to bring the power of the Los Zapatos Rojos message to the country she now calls home.
If this topic has caused you any feelings and if you need to speak with someone, help is available by calling 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732) 24-hour national sexual assault, family and domestic violence counselling line for any Australian who has experienced or is at risk of, family and domestic violence and/or sexual assault) and Lifeline (13 11 14), for anyone across Australia experiencing a personal crisis or thinking about suicide.