Commissioned for World Cup! (2018) shown at articule gallery, Montreal, Canada
Video installation made up of looped HD video, and interactive karaoke booth. Sung complicates the strategy of patriotic football chants by subverting the lyrics and disassociating the tune from its regional specificity. Creating a medley of popular songs like Angels by Robbie Williams, Freed from Desire by GALA and My Achy Breaky Heart by Billie Ray Cyrus, asking the viewer to directly implicate himself or herself in the project by singing the words. Exploring how an otherwise benign song can become a political weapon when placed in certain contexts, Igwe questions our complicity in nation building when we participate in “innocuous” sporting fan subculture.