Friday, May 7, 2010

SOCCER PASSION

CAMEROONS AND THE NETHERLANDS HERE WE COME!

STUDIO ASSISTANTS ADONIS AND SANDILE JUMPING FOR JOY ON HEARING THAT THEY WILL GET TICKETS TO ONE OF THE LIVE MAJOR SOCCER MATCHES TO BE HELD HERE IN CAPE TOWN


The soccer world cup - known in some circles here as 'the event that can't be named'(!) - is coming up in about 34 days time. Most of South Africa is waiting in excited anticipation...there is much frenzy and last minute upgrading of roads, bridges and other facilities. 8 matches will be held here in Cape Town.

In the studio we are starting to get into it...we will be holding a group exhibition here at the end of May to celebrate...

I, in particular, who have never been very interested, yesterday came across a fabulous new book, just published:
Soccer in Africa – A Game of Passion by Photographer and Writer Tine Harden
Struik Publishers Published 1 May 2010.
The photographs are extremely moving and this has given me a whole new perception of soccer and the significance of it in most communities on the African continent.
I am also inspired to make some ceramic work around the theme.
To the photographer and writer, (Danish) Tine Harden I salute you! This book really does reveal that soccer is the most beautiful game, in a way that most visual images of it, just don't manage to accomplish.