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    This is how community marked IDAHO day in Tbilisi: Installation to Protest on Behalf of the Invisible & Against Invisibility

    More than 100 shoes lay on Pushkin Square, where on May 17th, 2013 LGBT community was supposed to hold a silent flash-mob to celebrate International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. As the title of the Installation “Protest on Behalf of the Invisible & Against Invisibility” and concept suggest it, this “shoe protest” is a sort of revolt against invisibility and on behalf of those rendered invisible. It speaks for those, who, last year tried to bring their voices forward to the society:

    “This is an installation for the invisible, those who are unseen, those who are not heard, whose existence is not recognised. This is installation is for us, those who view but don’t see and listen to each other.

    This is for those who can’t leave homes and those who have no home to go to.

    This is for those who were chased after, persecuted and removed, by:

    The military,

    The banks,

    Their own families,

    Those whose work remains unappreciated,

    Those on hunger strike demanding to be heard,

    Those for whom there’s not enough public space allocated,

    Those we couldn’t protect from attacks,

    The victims of crimes and blackmail that we never investigated,

    Those that have to prey in silence,

    Those who must hide their names.

    Today, these empty shoes stand instead of those humans, who dared, 1 year ago, to stand up against the invisibility of one social group, LGBTQ community, those who tried to unmask how merciless we are, those to attempted to discuss our common challenges. Those who wish to be here to express their woes and joys, but neither the state, nor the society respect their voice and their existence.

    This is a protest for the invisible and against invisibility. Despite that fact that we couldn’t yet manage to recognise and appreciate each other, we still exist, with our desires to speak, with your everydayness. Turning blind eye and covering up ears won’t erase our existence, won’t smooth over our wounds, won’t take away our ability to feel empathy and love.

    Passersby are free to take a shoe of their choice after 6PM, May 18th.
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