Updated: Apr 21, 2021
The beauty of The Global F.C. is that we’re in the business of creating a community that shares our passion for football and the desire to inspire, educate, and inform the next generation of football fans around the world. We’re not in it to make money, but rather to build a brand that brings people together and bridges the gap between the niche footballer and the new.
Over the last few months a number of folks have reached out asking about The Global F.C., encouraging us to check out their page and like their products. While we do our best to curate the most original football-inspired pieces for our followers, we look for people and stories that venture into new and unusual spaces in hopes of inspiring us all to get out of our comfort zone and pursue our passions.
With that in mind, we’ve been connecting with folks in the football industry who have stories to tell and knowledge to spread. Whether it be their personal story, connection with football, or lessons they’ve learned along the way, we hope our Q&A series will provide a glimpse into the lives of ordinary people doing extraordinary things.
Our first Q&A is with London based artist and lecturer, Luca Bosani, who is constantly exploring and challenging the boundaries of performance art in the classroom and on the streets. Hailing from Italy and moving to London to pursue a career in art and design, football has been a staple of his life since he was 9 years old. Growing up he played for his hometown clubs of G.S. Pregnanese and G.S. Aurora, the regional club U.S. Settimo Milanese, and at amateur level for Europassirana ‘89. There’s a saying in Italy that goes, “Italians grow up with bread and football,” and Luca’s story is no different.
In the questions below, we touch on Luca’s story, where he draws inspiration from, his unusual connection with shoes and how he is using football to explore uncharted territory in the world of art and design.
1. How did you come to appreciate football and what are some of your earliest football memories?
In Italy football is everywhere - everyone talks about it, everyone follows it, everyone plays it, and everyone loves it with a passion. I guess that’s where my appreciation for football originated. My surroundings and the context for where I was inserted. While I don’t have a single, standout football memory from my childhood I cannot forget:
The sprint of Michael Owen
The class of Dennis Bergkamp
The strength of George Weah
The technique of Leonardo
2. What inspired you to explore your creative side to start making art? How did that evolve into wanting to create football-specific pieces?
Colour gradients, harmonious forms, balanced compositions, cornicette (typical Italian pre-writing activity, which literally translates in english to ‘little frames’), tangram puzzles, manga illustrations and geometry. These interests, which I’ve cultivated since my early years evolved with time and in 2013 brought me to the decision of moving to London (UK) to study and practice fine art full-time. There I started researching and creating artworks inspired by the development of individual and collective identity. In doing so, I began using football as a metaphor to explore human interactions, power dynamics, and sexuality.
I looked back to my upbringing and understood that football, in addition to being a great sport, has many polarizing aspects - toxic competition, unnecessary violence, ongoing discrimination. In my artworks, via visual metaphors, I question and challenge these issues, proposing fluid and inclusive modes of being.
3. What is it about creating art that you enjoy so much? Is it the process, is it the final product? What inspires you to keep pushing the boundaries to create unique pieces?