Tuesday, November 11, 2014

World Cup '74 Portrait #188 (Mavula Mafuila: Zaire)

graphite & putty eraser, with watercolour pencil/30x21cm

Continuing the Project, with this randomly-chosen subject being Mavula Mafuila, pictured most unusually for a footballer in bespectacled fashion, this drawing ‘de-photographized’ & re-mediated from a photocopy of the original sticker featuring  an image of the player as it appeared in  the FKS ‘Wonderful World of Soccer Stars World Cup 1974’ collectors’ album, featured amongst the selection representing the debutant name of Zaire.
Chosen as a member of his nation’s official squad for the Finals, Mavula Mafuila, who died in 1997, did not subsequently go on to make a playing appearance during the tournament, thus inevitably being another of those personally unheard-of ‘ghosts’ whose presence is made manifest through such items & objects of memorabilia as the sticker albums which are serving as the original source material for the project.

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