Although I don’t have a big partiality for football – I like football, but I don’t like the patriotism – I know that the football world championship will start today in South Africa. Celebrating that multicultural football event, the US-American sports channel ESPN engaged South African artists (the Cape Town-based AM I Collective) to create 33 FIFA world cup artworks in the style of 80’s Ghanaian movie posters. Inspired by hand-painted African art found in the streets and townships across South Africa, and the entire African continent, the creative collective designed 32 motives for each participating country in the world cup and 1 for all nations.
Under the motto of “each painting brings to life the story of that nation” every artwork describes the national team’s way of playing football by the use of some national symbols, characteristics or stereotypes. The Spanish football player Torres for example fights as a torero against three bulls, the Greek players travel by breaking waves and the three French musketeers will fight with their epees. Nice works!
Have fun while watching the 64 football matches in the next weeks…