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Indian slippers with character

This collection of adorned Indian slippers, padukas, was on display at the Venice Biennale in 2019.

The artist, GR Iranna, focuses on the importance of everyday items. In this work he was influenced by Gandhi’s padukas, a sign of his belief in non-violence and associated refusal to use leather. The designs here indicate the everyday nature of this piece of footwear and the people that wear them – farmers, barbers, moneylenders, coppersmiths, artists, musicians …

A display of decorated padukas (Indian slippers) at Venice Biennale

Naavu (We Together) at Venice Biennale, 2019



Copyright Debbie Smyth, 31 May 2020

Posted as part of Photo a Week

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