Take a moment to see the world through another person’s eyes.
To understand another person, try walking a mile in their shoes. This one-of-a-kind pop-up store, housed in a giant shoebox at the Australian National Maritime Museum allows you to do just that.
Visitors are invited to enter the store and try on a pair of shoes that belong to someone else and to listen to their story. It might be a tale of loss and sadness, hope and love, of odds overcome. But whoever’s shoes you walk in, A Mile in My Shoes will take you to places you can’t anticipate.
Created by artist Clare Patey and produced by Artsadmin, A Mile in My Shoes has been experienced in London, Sao Paulo, New York, Riga, Denver, Perth and Melbourne. This new iteration, created with the Australian National Maritime Museum, celebrates the voices of migrants and refugees who have made this country their home – people who have changed the face of the nation and have been changed by it.
"It’s as if you’re a guest in their shoes – honour -bound to listen carefully to their story. In really listening, you imagine. What it is to see land after 21 days on a refugee boat? What does a beer taste like after 17 months in a detention centre? You place yourself in the story. You walk a walk that isn’t yours."
Please see A Mile in My Shoes staff on the day of your visit and you’ll be provided with the first available pair of shoes for your foot size. Please note you will need to bring your own smart phone and headphones to stream the audio for this experience. We also suggest you wear or bring a pair of socks for comfort and hygiene.
Take a sneak peek of the exhibition experience: