(ANSA) – MILAN, 21 SEPTEMBER – A gigantic shoe box, where those who enter do not consume objects but stories to listen to through headphones, taking off their shoes and wearing those of the teller, donated for the occasion. “Put yourself in my shoes” is the work of art created by the English artist Clare Patey, director of the Empathy Museum, in collaboration with the British philosopher Roman Krznaric, brought to Italy for the first time by Fondazione Empatia Milano, thanks to the partner Levi’s. The installation was inaugurated on 21 September in Piazza XXV Aprile, on the occasion of Milan Fashion Week, scheduled to run until 28 September. The stories are different: from that of Manlio Milani, who lost his wife in the massacre of Piazza della Loggia, to the experience of Chiara, an art director who changes her life to become a pastry chef. The public is thus allowed to “get into someone’s shoes”, as the English expression ‘walk a mile in someone’s shoes’ goes. The entire work of art is based, in fact, on the concept of empathy developed by Krznaric, according to which it is a capacity that can be developed and “trained” over time. The original format of Patey’s work was brought to Milan and adapted by Fondazione Empatia Milano, which selected and produced twenty-one Italian stories, in addition to another ten equally exciting donations directly from the Empathy Museum in London. (HANDLE).
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