Still, certain themes emerge across the selections, some of them unexpected but nonetheless illuminating. Among the strangest of those revealing coincidences was my encounter with two photographic works that foreground Africa’s participation in the increasingly global obsession with European soccer. A few moments after viewing a photograph centered around the name of the celebrated French-Algerian player Zinedine Zidane, I came across Fashion (2014), a large-format work by the young, Cameroon-born photographer Siaka Traoré Soppo, exhibited by Galerie MAM. This vivid street scene—the edges of each of its figures so sharply incised into the print as to resemble collage—has at its center that most archetypal male status symbol, a motorbike, behind which a young Senegalese man stands, hands clasped. What renders the image strange in this European context is that the saddle of the bike has been carefully, and rather beautifully, re-upholstered with an FC Barcelona replica shirt, printed with the name of Spain’s resident star athlete, the Argentina–born Lionel Messi. That the bike’s owner (if we can assume he is the owner) should feel such affinity to the player and make such an overt statement of allegiance, hints at new, globalized identities, premised upon loyalties to international stars operating in a free market for their labor.