powerHouse Books, PUMA, and Reed Space invite you to celebrate the release of
The African Game
Photographs by Andrew Dosunmu
Text by Knox Robinson
Tuesday, June 13, 7:00–10:00 p.m.
151 Orchard Street
between Rivington and Stanton
in conjunction with the exhibition:
June 22 to July 22, 2006
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 22
The Rotunda Gallery
33 Clinton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Tel: 718 875-4047
Fax: 718 488-0609
Email: [email protected]
ORGANIZED BY ISOLDE BRIELMAIER AND KNOX ROBINSON
AS PART OF THE BEAUTIFUL GAME: CONTEMPORARY ART AND FÚTBOL,
CURATED BY TREVOR SCHOONMAKER AND FRANKLIN SIRMANS
Brooklyn, NY (May 10, 2006) - Brooklyn, NY (June 6, 2006) - Brooklyn's Rotunda Gallery is pleased to present THE AFRICAN GAME, organized by Isolde Brielmaier and Knox Robinson in conjunction with The Beautiful Game: Contemporary Art and Fútbol, curated by Trevor Schoonmaker and Franklin Sirmans. The African Game will open on Wednesday, June 22, 2006 and run through July 22, featuring never before seen photographs, video footage, and a site-specific installation by photographer Andrew Dosunmu and writer Knox Robinson, inspired by their forthcoming book project The African Game (published by PUMA® North America and distributed by powerHouse Books, 2006).
On Wednesday, June 28 at 7:00 pm, the Gallery will host A Conversation about Art, Life and Fútbol in Africa, featuring a discussion between Robinson, curator Franklin Sirmans, and TRACE editor Claude Grunitzky. A book signing will follow; limited edition copies will be available for $50 with proceeds benefiting Grassroots Soccer's AIDS education and prevention programs.
During 2005-06, Andrew Dosunmu and Knox Robinson traveled throughout West Africa documenting the spirit and passion surrounding the game of fútbol. Their trip came to a dramatic climax at the African Cup of Nations held in Egypt in January 2006. Using photography and narrative, Dosunmu and Robinson capture the unique culture and character of African fútbol through eyes of local communities, fans and players on the field. From Senegal and Cameroon to Ghana and Egypt, Dosunmu's photos effortlessly shift between the soccer field and the street, capturing candid moments that reveal Africa's passion for fútbol. Narratives by Robinson further frame the story, elucidating the continent's deep-rooted ties to the game.
Isolde Brielmaier, Rotunda Gallery's new director and chief curator, said "The African Game captures the spirit of multiple communities, regions and countries. Through the lens of fútbol, Brooklyn-based, Nigerian-born photograph Andrew Dosunmu exposes both the subtle yet enormous similarities and differences within individual and across national African identities and cultures. This dynamic exhibition reflects the international flavor of Brooklyn and the new direction of the gallery. It's about culture, art, ideas and issues. It will certainly energize our space and build a bridge between Brooklyn, contemporary art and global culture."
Lead support is provided by PUMA® North America, the publisher of the book, The African Game.