Halakasha! soccer art exhibition - South Africa World Cup

Saturday 12, June 2010


Halakasha! soccer art exhibition - South Africa World Cup


The Halakasha! soccer art exhibition is a tribute to Africa and its boundless love for football. It celebrates the historic hosting of the 2010 FIFA World Cup on African soil for the first time with an energetic showcase of continental art that reflects its flamboyant soccer culture.



The exhibition includes a display of original badges made by hand by political prisoners who were imprisoned on Robben Island during apartheid. Soccer was an important pastime for the prisoners who were later granted permission to establish their own football club, Makana FA. This retrospective explores the theme of soccer on Robben Island during those turbulent years.



Halakasha! soccer art exhibition is a riot of paintings, posters, sculptures and film dedicated to Africa's robust football heritage and culture. Coinciding with the 2010 FIFA World CupTM, it also features the unique paraphernalia that personifies the African soccer experience.


Look out for the ‘barber shop signs' display, created by Ghanaian and Congolese artists. This street art form has become incredibly popular in traditional art collections, as it reflects the energy of Africa's streets - often also the informal pitches on which soccer is played.


A collection of South Africa's famous makarapas (traditional soccer hats) and vuvuzelas (soccer trumpets) will also be on show, allowing you to delve into the history of these all-important football fan essentials. Selected commercially produced soccer merchandise will also be available.


Explore Africa's soccer history further through visual presentations including images from Drum magazine of soccer during the apartheid years; costumes, drums and masks from Angola, Cameroon and Ghana; photographic essays by amongst others, Nigerian photographer Andrew Dosunmu and Kenyan photojournalist Antony Kaminju; and a series of documentaries and films on African football.


The Halakasha! soccer art exhibition also features a selection of posters from the official FIFA poster collection of commissioned prints by various global artists.


Don't miss the display of divination items, used by African diviners and healers who use traditional medicine in age-old rituals to ensure winning performances from their favourite teams.



The Halakasha! art exhibition was designed to coincide with the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, taking place in South Africa from 11 June – 11 July 2010. It focuses on African artists’ interpretation of the continent’s soccer culture and aims to provide a holistic view of what football means to its people. To this end it includes traditional art as well as commercial merchandise and official 2010 FIFA World Cup™ poster prints.



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