The film was shot on the coast of Accra, Ghana’s capital, where Jojo Gronostay initiated a soccer game.
The film begins with images shot during twilight, whether dusk or dawn cannot be determined, the sound of the sea can be heard and constantly superimposes the noises of the game. Only atmospheric ambient music—composed by Sofie Fatouretchi—drown the ocean sounds. The choreography of the soccer game unfolds in this visually and acoustically hazy atmosphere. The images of the two channels approach a synchronous image composition, depict the event from different perspectives, but also divert again.
Close-ups bring the players to the fore, portray them and you can see that the players‘ jerseys are manipulated. The football shirts of European clubs, which also shape the urban image in everyday life, were printed by Jojo Gronostay via his label DWMC, sponsors partially overprinted and thus appropriated.
The loose temporality of the film makes it possible to superimpose different temporalities on the field: the memory of a colonized past and the cesura with it, the fallow land of the present and the future of a capitalized metropolis. With a calm, sensitive eye, Jojo Gronostay captures a precarious look at a (playing) field on which different critical discourses are condensing: the representation of blackness, the white gaze on Africa, colonial structures that still prevail and the hegemonic, economic relations between Europe and Africa, which (in this case) are maintained by financially oriented, professionalized football.
Text: Philipp Wagner