As part of International Museum Day, on Thursday 20 May, at 7 pm, the opening of the exhibition “An object, three visions: a virtual museum of integration” will take place. This exhibition puts an end to the project developed by the Museum of Footwear and Industry in recent months, winner of the Ibermuseos Prize for Education 2020.
Specifically, the initiative has consisted of the creation of working groups consisting of three people, a former worker in the footwear industry, a person from outside Inca and a young man from the region. From an object of work, chosen by the former worker, conversations have been generated on everyday and professional areas 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.
Angel is a model. His story brings his group closer to one of the most important and often unknown parts of the footwear world: modeling.
The shoe is born through the idea of the designer, who imagines and thinks. The viability of the shoe, its shape and its comfort depend on it. Ariann has been asking her questions since she was a child, and Heliana, from Brazil, is interested in the design of high-heeled shoes and the use of exotic leathers.
Thus, as a result of the conversation between the three, the initial moment of creation of the shoe can be better understood. *
Carmen arrived on the island at the age of 15 and from the very beginning she dedicated herself to the footwear sector.
Conditioned by being a woman, she was forced to work for 10 years from home while raising her two children.
When he returned to the factory, he returned to Yanko, where he retired. Along with the questions of Xavi, a young inqueror, and Rachida, born in Morocco, the conversation unfolds in a casual way, starring the anecdotes that Carmen remembers with humor.
While Xavi, despite his youth, knows the shoe industry well because his parents did 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 the struggle of working women in Inca.
The story of Mercedes is the story of so many people who came from outside Mallorca to work on the island in the footwear sector.
Being a woman and being discriminated against 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 collection of workers’ struggles, trade union action and the defense of women’s rights.
All this will be reflected in the questions that Rayan, a young inqueror, 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 talk about how shoes are made there.
Rafel’s story is purely life related to footwear: a man who has worked all his life as a cutter.
Know every fold, every stitch, every corner of your shoe. Thanks to people like him it is possible to understand the almost mystical relationship that arises between the shoemaker and his product.
It’s not just about making the shoe with your own hands: it’s about understanding it and that’s what Rafel knows best.
In the conversation 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.
When one thinks of the footwear industry, one tends to think of the factory, the machines, and the people who make that product.
Even so, owning one is still beyond the reach of the average person. These industries are called auxiliary industries, with Ricardo’s testimony being a first-hand example.
He was a mechanic, in charge of repairing footwear machines, especially braiding machines. So, Ricardo explains the mechanical part of the sector.
Na Yulai, who was born in El Salvador, is very interested in the type of skin used in Inca, as crocodile and snake skins are widely used in her country. Aina, a young Inquera, is interested in the old working conditions in the sector.
Tomeu is a living example of what the footwear business sector in Inca has been like. Nostalgic for the past, his vision as an entrepreneur helps to better understand the rise and decline of the sector.
One of the highlights of the conversation comes when the young inqueror Llorenç asks Tomeu what is the main tool of a shoemaker.
Na Simona, who was born in Romania, gives a different view of what the Inca industry was like from the memories of her mother-in-law, also from Inca, and a former shoemaker.
Maria Antonia’s vision brings us closer to the lives of so many inquirers who were born in the middle of the 20th century.
Some lives linked to the shoes that, as Maria Antonia explains, were raised with them and their manufacture. A life that focused on work, sounds and skin smells.
To this nostalgic look we must add the more personal questions asked by the young Reyad and the passionate look of Yaneth, who was born in Mexico.
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 that of many other women, would be, years later, an important step for the emancipation of women.
Simona and Francisca connect immediately. The testimonies of the two women, together with the innocence of the comments of Gorka, son of Simona, lead to the establishment of a bond and a complicity that materializes in a mutual recognition and in the desire to continue in the future with this friendship. .