True Red Ruin

True red Ruin, (Elmina castle)(Set), 2016, HD video, (TRT: 0:03) loop

A set for a speculative vampire film, which takes ‘True Red the Vampire Sneaker’ as the protagonist. Placed in the historic affordable housing community of Cuney Homes, Houston Texas.

ABOUT True Red Ruin:
In 2003, Nike released a sneaker called “True Red,” which was marketed as the vampire sneaker. The bright red, clip art style graphic of this sculpture is based on the colors of this shoe and design elements of the Elmina Castle in Ghana. Elmina castle was brought in a pre-fitted form, on a ship from Portugal in 1400 and set up on the coast of Ghana to house goods for trading and later slaves. True Red Ruin also takes an aesthetic cue from point of sale displays for products – in this case instead of promoting a product the pre-fabricated display will become the set for a speculative vampire film, which takes True Red the Vampire sneaker as the protagonist. The film is set in the historic affordable housing community, Cuney Homes, Houston, Texas, which was first developed in 1938. My sister and her friends will feature in the final film.

Sharad Patel – Cinematographer
Raincoat Creative llc – Production
Alex Goss – Set production

WITH SUPPORT FROM: Creative Capital and Diverse Works