12th Man – Cities on the Edge
MetQuarter Shopping Centre
Photographer Tabitha Jussa’s latest exhibition, 12th Man –
Cities on the Edge is quietly situated on the lower floor of the MetQuarter
Shopping Centre, unobtrusive and compact. Subject and setting could not
be more different; Jussa has set out on a photographic exploration of
the passions and obsessions of football supporters – loud, local
and loyal. In Liverpool, this has provided Jussa with an ongoing project,
and this particular exhibition comes as a response to her study of the
deep-rooted football culture that runs through Merseyside.
12th Man portrays four European cities and their culture, through the
football fans. The artist has chosen cities that have something in common
with Liverpool: all are port cities, and all are what she describes as
‘edgy’, with something different to offer. The football matches
she attended for the project were those of Werder Bremen (Germany), Lechia
Gdansk (Poland), L’Olympique de Marseille (France) and SSC Napoli
(Italy). Jussa wonders if the fans would offer a unique insight into the
city’s culture, as the fans do in Liverpool. The results are a set
of stunningly visual portraits, where the emotion and intensity; the passion
of the game is embedded in the faces, the clenched fists, the eyes of
One immediately senses the camaraderie and emotions that pulses through
these images. Being part of a team is like being part of one big family.
Jussa allows the viewer to become a part of that through this original
and exciting project.