un objecte tres visions

One object, three visions. Virtual museum of integration

Ibermuseos de Educacion 2020 Award

Within the framework of International Museum Day, on Thursday, May 20, at 7:00 p.m., the opening of the exhibition “One object, three visions: virtual museum of integration” will take place. This exhibition marks the end of the project developed by the Museum of Footwear and Industry in recent months, winner of the 2020 Ibermuseos Education Award.

Specifically, the initiative has consisted of the creation of working groups made up of three people, a former worker in the footwear industry, a person from outside Inca and a young person from the region. From a work object, chosen by the former worker, conversations have been generated on daily and professional fields, triggering an intergenerational and intercultural dialogue between the different members of the teams. Therefore, as a whole, the exhibition presents three visions around the same experience, thus transmitting recognition, inclusion and learning.

Presentation of the project

Àngel – Heliana – Ariann

Angel is a modeler. His story brings his group closer to one of the most important and often unknown parts of the world of footwear: modeling.

The shoe is born through the idea of ​​the designer, who imagines and thinks about it. On it depends the viability of the shoe, the shape and comfort. Ariann asks him questions from the candidness of childhood and Heliana, from Brazil, is interested in the design of high-heeled shoes and the use of exotic skins.

Thus, as a result of the conversation that arose between the three, it is possible to better understand the initial moment of creation of the shoe.*

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Carmen – Rachida – Xavi

Carmen arrived on the island when she was 15 years old and from the first moment she dedicated herself to the footwear sector.

Conditioned by being a woman, she was forced to work from home for 10 years while raising her two children.

When he returned to the factory, he did it in Yanko, where he ended up retiring. Along with questions from Xavi, a young inquer, and Rachida, born in Morocco, the conversation takes place in a casual way, featuring anecdotes that Carmen remembers with humor.

While Xavi, despite his youth, knows the shoe industry well because his parents dedicated themselves to it, Rachida explains that when he was young he dedicated himself to making artistic slippers. In this conversation, then, we can see the rise and decline of the sector and in the struggle of working women in Inca.

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Mercedes – Amadou – Rayan

The history of Mercedes is the history of so many people who have come from outside Mallorca to work on the island in the footwear sector.

The fact of being a woman and suffering discrimination in the environment motivated her to be one of the first women trade unionists in Inca after the Franco regime.

Thus, their experiences are a compilation of workers’ struggles, trade union action and the defense of women’s rights.

All this will be reflected very well thanks to the questions that Rayan, a young inquer, and Amadou, born in Senegal, ask him about safety, occupational hygiene, the decline of industry and the sounds of factory sirens.

The conversation will also take them to Senegal, where Amadou, based on his experiences, will tell how shoes are made there.

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Rafel – Paula – Carla

Rafel’s story is purely the life linked to footwear: a man who has worked all his life as a cutter.

He knows every crease, every bump, every corner of the shoe. Thanks to people like him, it is possible to understand the almost mystical relationship that arises between the shoemaker and his product.

It is not just making the shoe with one’s own hands: it is understanding it and that is what Rafel knows how to do best.

In the conversation that takes place between him, Carla and Paula, from Ecuador, we can understand the long process that a shoe goes through from the moment it is conceived until it is packaged.

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Ricardo – Yulai – Aina

When you think of the footwear industry, you tend to think of the factory, the machines and the people who make the product.

Even so, being a complex industry as it is, for it to work, a whole series of elements are needed that, like the series of links that end up making up the chains, are necessary for the shoe to be manufactured. These industries are called auxiliary industries, Ricardo’s testimony being a first-hand example.

He was a mechanic, he was in charge of repairing the shoe machines, especially the braiding machines. Thus, Ricardo explains the mechanical part of the sector.

Yulai, nacida en El Salvador, se interesa mucho por el tipo de piel que se empleaba en Inca, ya que en su país las pieles de cocodrilo y de serpiente son muy utilizadas. Aina, joven inquera, se interesa por las antiguas condiciones laborales del sector.

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Tomeu – Simona – Llorenç

Tomeu is a living example of what the footwear business sector has been in Inca. Nostalgic for the past time, the vision of him as an entrepreneur helps to better understand the rise and decline of the sector.

One of the high points of the conversation comes when the young inquero Llorenç asks Tomeu what is the main tool of a shoemaker.

Simona, born in Romania, gives a different vision of what the Inca industry was based on the memories of her mother-in-law, also an Inca, and a former shoemaker.

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Maria Antònia – Yaneth – Reyad

Maria Antònia’s vision brings us closer to the lives of so many inquers who were born in the mid-20th century.

Lives tied to shoes that, as Maria Antònia explains, grew up with them and their manufacture. A life centered around work, sounds, and the smells of skin.

To this nostalgic gaze we must add the more personal questions asked by the young Reyad and the passionate gaze of Yaneth, born in Mexico.

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Francisca – Simona – Gorka

Francisca explains the childhood of many children who, from an early age, were forced to work in factories to help their families.

It was the beginning of a job that, in her case and in that of many other women, would mean, years later, an important step for the emancipation of women.

Simona and Francisca connect right away. The testimonies of the two women, together with the innocence of the comments of Gorka, Simona’s son, establish a bond and complicity that materializes in mutual recognition and the desire to continue this friendship in the future.

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