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"In Her Shoes": A new exhibition in honor of 100 years of equal rights for women in Rishon LeZion

"In Her Shoes": A new exhibition in honor of 100 years of equal rights for women in Rishon LeZion
Kobi Levy © Shay Ben Efraim

In this exhibition that combines history and art, the Israeli artist and shoe designer Kobi Levi, along with other Israeli artists, will present dozens of pairs of artistic and inspiring shoes that mirror women's struggle, and their fight for equal rights throughout history - all of this with a poignant statement and a touch of humor. 

The original women of the of Rishon LeZion colony were the first of the Hebrew settlements to attain political equality of rights in 1919. To mark the 100th anniversary of this important achievement, the exhibit "In Her Shoes" will open this May in the Rishon Lezion Museum.

Costa Magrakis

The shoes in the exhibition reflect the struggle of women for equality, expressed in all shapes of life:

A shoe in the image of a secretary preparing coffee in the workplace, a boxing shoe that fights for its place, shoes that draw inspiration from influential women and designs that draw motifs from woman's traditional roles.

Keren Beit Esh

The dozens of shoes in the exhibition were created from the 90's to the present, with items designed specifically for the exhibition - all shed light on historical moments dealing with the status of women in society. The woman's shoes became a weapon in the war of the sexes; the Chinese tied the legs of girls to prevent their growth. Cinderella and Sarah Jessica Parker made a career out of them. Julia Roberts took them off on the red carpet, and flight attendants for the iconic Israeli airline El-Al even had a memorable protest about the heels that were part of their uniform. Indeed, in order to understand the women's place, her way, feelings and aspirations, you must be in her shoes.

Talia Lev Ari © Shay Ben Efraim

The exhibition will be hosted and presented by the acclaimed shoe designer and artist Kobi Levi, who became an international success after his exposure to the world of fashion when his work was worn by Lady Gaga, Whoopi Goldberg, Fergie and Netta Barzilai in her winning performance for the 2018 Eurovision. Recently, he opened his own studio: Foot Wear Art. Other acclaimed Israeli artists participating in the show are Hanoch Piven, Shelly Satat-Kombor, Tal Uriel, Shani Bar and others. The exhibition is being held in cooperation with the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design.

Kobi Levy © Shay Ben Efraim

In Her Shoes exhibition will open March and closes August 7

Entrance fee for the exhibition: NIS 25 including all museum exhibitions.
The Rishon LeZion Museum, 2 Ahad Ha'am St, 03-9598862
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