31/03/2023 - 18/06/2023

Contemporary - Multi-Disciplinary

John Costi - Found Football Difficult

Tue: 11-6pm; Wed: 11-9pm (Late Opening); Thu-Sun: 11-6pm

The South London Gallery’s 12th Postgraduate Artist in Residence John Costi’s work is rooted in healing and transformation. Through conversation, play and assemblage he aims to create art that brings people together and forms social connections.

Titled Found Football Difficult, a quote from one of his childhood school reports, the exhibition presents new work made during Costi’s six-month residency. The show explores life and loss through sculpture, sound, scent, and personal archive. Costi creates improvised combinations of found objects, part of his practice that he refers to as ‘Culture-Mating’. The new work reflects on themes of masculinity, gambling and luck.

Across the ground floor of the Fire Station, visitors will experience a playful dive into Costi’s memories and a multi-sensory environment. Costi draws on cultural and personal references from his Cypriot heritage, memories of growing up in north London and time spent in prison. New work includes collaged wallpaper, birdsong and nostalgic scents of popular early ’00s colognes. Visitors are invited to interact with the art by playing a game from Costi’s childhood or learning a traditional Cypriot dance.


Camberwell 65 Peckham Rd, SE5 8UH