Subliminal Messages

Football is the central theme of Ultra: Art for the Women’s World Cup at J Hammond Projects Gallery, London. It is a group exhibition exploring the joy, sorrow and excess of the game in contemporary culture.  Artists include social-satirical painter Lydia Blakeley and Juno Calypso, whose works dissect loneliness, isolation, femininity and self-sufficiency through self-portraits that echo film-noir Hollywood film sets. In Ultra,Calypso compares women’s football and its strive for equality against the male-dominated industry to pink theory – a notion that certain shades of pink can lessen forms of aggression, and in sports, place competitors at a disadvantage. 

Ultra: Art for the Women’s World Cup is open until 27 July. Find out more here.

Lead image credit: Juno Calypso.