Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Day #19 - Art for Lent: Hassan Musa's "The Good Game I" #Lent2016

By Aaron Rosen
"The Good Game I" (2008) by Hassan Musa | Sudan/France. Assembled textiles, 83 1/2 x 55 7/8 in.
Echoing his personal history in France and the Sudan, Musa renders Eugene Delacoix's Jacob Wrestly with the Angel (1850-61) using patterns from African military flags. The title is ironic, for what Musa depicts is anything but a fair fight. The angel's unsportsmanlike move -- dislocating Jacob's hip -- receives a contemporary update, metamorphosing into the infamous head butt delivered by Zinedine Zidance in the 2006 World Cup. Violence, Musa suggests simmers beneath every aspect of human culture, from our myths to our pastimes. [page 138]

Lent is the annual Christian preparation for Easter. "Today's Art for Lent2016" features artworks that illustrate the Christian "Battle between Carnival and Lent."