Beyond Soccer or Football.: Amen – Grassroots Football

This is an incredible online road book from Jessica Hilltout. It takes a bit of time to load, but it’s well worth the wait. She spent 9 months in Africa taking a different look at the meaning of football. Given that it is World Cup time, I thought this was a very fitting moment to honor her work which is breathtaking.  

I don’t watch soccer. Or any sport for that matter. But what is fascinating about her work is that you don’t have to be interested in soccer in the least. She is proof that any subject matter thoroughly explored holds its own language, beauty and mystery. That’s what was so special to me when I learned about her work.

You can buy her book “Amen – Grassroots football” here! She understands this book as a tribute to the forgotten, and the majority” and captures the spirit of the people and the sport with beautiful images of worn out shoes, an assortment of humble very inventive home made rag balls and dusty football fields in the middle of nowhere. Go see her site, even if it’s just to admire the material, construction and beauty of the rag balls. But there is so much more to it.

Her statement: “I have always been interested in the poetic character of the small, seemingly unimportant things. To me, there is hidden beauty in the ordinary and great beauty in the overlooked.”  says it all. There is nothing else to be added.

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  1. Jennifer S. says:

    Wow, very interesting, thanks for the intro to her work.

  2. Rosie says:

    That's really a great idea! I might just make one for my cross country (USA) road trip in a few years!

  3. olivia says:

    love it! this is so interesting, thanks for sharing!

  4. boatx2 says:

    How spectacular.
    Hilltout is so on point! I think I felt the same way the first time I saw a ball made of banana leaves and bound with rubberbands.

    No words. Just a very strong feeling.

    I'm going to check out her website right now. Thanks for sharing this with us! (^_^)

  5. boatx2 says:

    I take that back: I almost cried.

  6. Anairam says:

    I saw this book in our local bookshop – and I think this will be my WB 2010 "art" purchase. I prefer the softcover version – it is lovely and the newspaper-ish paper it is printed on for me suits the principle and aesthetic beautifully. I am not a sports fan at all but since we are hosting the Cup (I am South-AFrican) I have become a wildly enthusiastic soccer supporter, preferring of course all the teams from AFrica. Go Bafana, Go!!!

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