Game Recognize Game


KQED Arts:  Power of Sports Enacted and on Display in ‘Game Recognize Game’, December 7, 2017
The Daily Californian: ‘Game Recognize Game’ celebrates sports as a tool for social change, December 4, 2017
GOOD Sports: Art Exhibition ‘Game Recognize Game’ Explores How Play Inspires Change, January 2, 2018


Huktingan (The Royal Rumble)

Cece Carpio’s artwork center the bodies and work of women at play- honoring and celebrating culture, and innovation of traditions to expose their dignity and power.  Her pieces are influenced by indigenous women in different parts of the world elevating their presence as they thrive from threats of globalization, poverty and erasures of their indigenous practices.  The portraits she has painted are derived from women in the Churubamba village in Peru, Tarahumara (Rarámuri) people, and the Ifugao women in the Cordillera Philippines participating in contemporary sports while keeping their indigenous traditions and practices in tact.



Back home, basketball is a way of life. Makeshift courts in the rice field, in the farmlands, in neighborhood nooks, up in the mountains… everywhere really. The court has no borders- even for shorties like myself:) So I painted and sprayed bunch of women in poverty-stricken communities in different parts of the world showing their resilience by reclaiming sports and showing the world who really got game.

In the village of Churubamba, Peruvian women play futbol at 4000 meters above sea level. Farming and gazing llamas are the main source of livelihood. Churubamba’s team have 25 players and combine housework and farming activities with afternoon playing futbol. These women play year long tournaments with other villages. They are the Andahuaylillas district champions.

In 2012, Maria Salome, an indigenous woman from the Tarahumara people of Chihuahua ran and won the K10 marathon by far! Wearing sandals and her traditional dress with no western training, she proudly represented her indigenous people, the Tarahumara people of Chihuahua, and every indigenous woman of Mexico.