Bryant Park Shoeshine

public performance

42nd Street and 5th Avenue, Manhattan 
New York, New York 


In this project, I had a pair of all-white Air Force 1's shined at the stand on 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue in midtown Manhattan. Through disrupting the status-quo (by my gender, the choice of shoes, etc.) the performance presented an opportunity for spectators to look more closely at the ritual of shoe-shining, and to explore the wider implications of inequity, power, and race that the act reveals.