June 29, 2010
Asesinados United by Carolyn Castaño
Reception: July 10, 2010, 7:00-9:00 PM
1904 East 7th Place
Los Angeles, CA 90021 USA
PØST presents Asesinados United: Works by Carolyn Castaño.
Asesinados United, is part art exhibition, part lo-fi pop-up store and part World Cup closing party. For her one-night show Castaño has created prints and original t-shirt designs that memorialize or re-imagine both soccer greats, as well as players who were murdered at the height of their glory.
The Asesinados United series of prints and shirts considers the role of the soccer player’s image in invoking a fanatical passion for futbol, each face a powerful vessel for locally distinct – yet global – notions of heroism, manhood, pride and financial success. As representatives of their country playing on the world stage, a soccer player’s performance during the Cup has national implications, elevating him to national hero or, in the case of players on the 2010 French national team, reducing them to national embarrassments. Sometimes a player’s performance may even have deadly consequences, as with the own-goal that cost Colombian defender Andrés Escobar his life after the 1994 World Cup. Just as failure on the pitch can cost a man his life, so can too much success, as it was for Thiago da Silva, a Brazilian footballer who was brutally murdered by a jilted ex-girlfriend, or Joe Gaetjens, a Haitian soccer player who scored the winning goal in the US vs. England 1950 World Cup in Brazil, only to return to Haiti a hero and be disappeared by the Duvalier regime.
Running in parallel to the Asesinados, the Inmortales F.C. series will feature recent World Cup players who have made their mark in the 2010 World Cup, or are simply immortal.
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