Installation experiments for 'The Steps We Take' (2018), 72 digital prints on photo paper with wire, pegs and spotlight

Inspired by traces, I am working on an installation project using digital scans of objects and body parts related to the concept of journey and movement. In its first iteration, shown above, I scanned the soles of my shoes resulting in 72 A4 photographic prints, pegged onto a string or wire along a wall.
This is an ongoing work that can be further developed and tailored towards a specific context, with potential for community participation in its production. It can be exhibited in various forms including photographic prints, adhesive vinyl, wallpaper, clay tiles, canvas fabric, PVC banner, or digital projection. 
'The Steps We Take' (2018) aims to show the consequences of each human step by highlighting the marks left from contact between a shoe and a surface. I consider each mark as a trace: of an action, a journey, a place, a choice, a person, a life. Yet each one is different - some shoes are dirtier, others more worn, and few seemingly pristine, while certain footprints appear more solid than others next to all shapes and sizes.
This is an attempt to reflect on the idea that everything leaves a residue enforcing an effect(s) or meaning(s), many of which last longer than its original context and is susceptible to change over time. It can potentially highlight the impact(s) of each existence, activity, and/or interaction, some of which may be unnoticeable at first glance.
Broadly, the work may also encourage a reflection on the human journey using the typical imagery of shoes and footprints. I find this an interesting time to make this work, given the current sociopolitical landscape where movement of people is a divisive issue due to refugee crises and immigration rhetoric, particularly as someone who is a product of migration with a diverse background.
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