Riyas Komu, Left Leg 2008
I write this from Goa, just minutes before heading to a meeting with the Indian National Football Team. This is part of a research trip to India, to explore the work and practice of the artist Riyas Komu. Komu has been meditating on football for a few years now, and is as passionate a fan of the sport as I've met - and is particularly committed to the sport in India. I'll be posting articles about this trip on Art21 - and will announce those posts and link to them here. Above is one of a series of his "left leg" sculptures - carved from salvaged wood, cut through with slabs of concrete and steel cable. When I first saw one of these sculptures, I said "He plays." I knew with total certainty that the artist was a player because these pieces are phenomenologically real - meaning, they look like how a player's leg sometimes feels. Both heroic and traumatized. More soon!