Garnette Cadogan is a 2017-2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Visiting Scholar at the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT and Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia. (July 2018)

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Football, Free on the Streets

Olodi-Apapa, 2006

Football invites you to lose yourself in other people’s stories; their play becomes yours as you follow the ball and intertwine your enthusiasm with theirs. The ritual of watching bodies at play draws us to them and allows us—our bodies—to join a shared rhythm. Football is therefore not just competition, but is generous, collective participation. The photographer Andrew Esiebo is preoccupied with rituals of the everyday—the myriad ways they show creativity, empowerment, and survival. As if in gentle rebuke, he turns his lens to activities that highlight how simple daily experiences carry the shine of magnificence, revealing the significance of the overlooked and the dignity of the excluded.