Saturday, October 18, 2014

World Cup '74 Portrait #170 (Carlos Babington: Argentina)

graphite & putty eraser, with watercolour pencil/30x21cm

The latest subject in the Project is a depiction of Carlos Babington of Argentina, the second of what should eventually be four ‘cheats’ over the course of the project – essentially names particularly remembered from experience of the televised coverage of the 1974 World Cup but who appeared in neither the FKS or Panini sticker albums previewing/commemorating the event, in which context they become, in fact, the most ‘ghostly’ of all, having no physical presence in the form of image or text, leaving (or being afforded, through omission) no trace of their participation via such enduring artefacts of memorabilia.
This being the case, an original image must be sourced from elsewhere in order to construct a ‘sticker’ from which to work, with the internet providing as usual in such times of need – something of a slightly unsatisfactory fudge, given the physical nature of all the other original source material, the hauntological objects of the stickers, but in such an instance it seems more important to leave a drawn trace of a remembered name than include an ‘unknown’ in its stead.

The name of Carlos Babington might well have proved memorable particularly for its invertedly-exotic Englishness in an Argentinian context, but the records show he enjoyed something of a profile during the World Cup, playing in 5 of Argentina’s 6 matches (missing only the first of their second phase fixtures, the 0 – 4 hammering by Holland), scoring in the first, the 2 – 3 defeat to Poland, & being booked in this & the subsequent two games.

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