The Passion by Haitian-American artist Jean-Ulrick Désert was initially an interactive installation-sculpture for the Exhibition “Ein Spiel-viele Welten (One Game-Many Worlds)” during the 2006 World Soccer championships held in Germany and was created and presented in the lobby of the Stadtmuseum München (The Historical Museum of the city of Munich).
The artist focuses on football (soccer) fan-culture eccentricities, typified by extravagant fanaticism and the hooligan subculture. Visitors to the museum and the general public are invited to participate and "perform" by choosing soccer-fan costume elements typically familiar from fan-culture . Mr. Desert’s reconstructions significantly avoids affiliations with specific soccer clubs, sponsors or nations. The archetypes of tribalism are all the more made visible in “THE PASSION”. An on-going growing collection of digital photos in the museum lobby allows the public to be part of a historic exhibition during the World Cup Championships.
Photographs from this project were also presented at the Jack Shainman Gallery in The Color Line curated by artist and color-theorist Odili Donald Odita.
- 1. See diary/blog A lecture was given by the artist based on his research on Football (Soccer) Hooligan and Fan culture for this art project.
- 2. Performance Art an online introduction
- 3. The Artist would like to extend many thanks regarding THE PASSION and its support to Patricia Müller of the Landeshaupstadt München Kulturreferat and her collaborators at the Stadtmuseum Karin Guggeis and Director Dr.Wolfgang Till. Irene Schoeller and her organizational team and security at the Stadtmuseum. Karin Sommer director of the Villa Waldberta am StarnbergerSee, Exhibition designers Udo Vollmer & Thomas Hamann, Joachim Hausknecht and Andrea Naica Loebell, art assistants Karen Ernst (Munich) and Devcharya Hamann (Berlin), Peter Buchheit (Tischlerei), Tamiko Thiel and Ada Gerowitt, for their generous hospitality