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Ultras Youth Giovanni Ambrosio Sébastien Louis

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Ultras Youth : unprecedented discover of Ultras culture. Giovanni Ambrosio

We need no education

Giovanni Ambrosio

Visual Artist. Photographer.


Giovanni Ambrosio

His personal projects are based on formal structures of art photography allowing variations of content and argumentation. He also develops a body of works based on minimalist painting, gesture and photography. His commissioned works can also, and sometimes simultaneously, lead him to work as art director, writer and graphic designer.

His collaboration with Sébastien Louis started in 2015, for the first research mission for Mucem Marseille.

Born in Naples, Italy, in 1978, Giovanni Ambrosio lives in Paris and Naples. He was initiated into photography, from a perspective marked by documentary narrative, by the Neapolitan photographer Sergio De Benedittis. Later he studied at the Photography and Contemporary Art department of Paris VIII University. Previously, his studies were mainly in literature at the University of Naples Orientale. In France, he obtained the DEA Cinema, Literature and Society issued by the University of Paris X-Nanterre. After having been teaching Italian as a foreign language for almost ten years, he has devoted himself, since 2010, to artistic creation.


Picture : installation at Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris. Foot et monde arabe – La révolution du ballon rond

Ultras Youth
A documentary fund.

A journey through Ultras football supporters groups in Europe, in the cities of Asia and in  countries of mediterranean and atlantic Africa. A distant proximity with young people sharing the Ultras way of life: from the stadium to the life in the «polis».

Collecting photos, videos, objects. An interdisciplinary documentary fund:  art and research, history and sociology.

Football supporters’ behavior and history have been  analyzed for more than thirty years, however studies specifically dedicated to Ultras culture in Europe are peripheral. Classically, the main focus is on violent behaviors in public spaces. Disorders related to  football games have been in fact the main focus of academic attention, from the tragic event of Heysel Stadium on. The European Cup final, on May 28th 1985, Juventus against Liverpool, resulted in the death of 39 supporters and radically changed the perception of violence around football.  

Three decades later, radical fandom is still a key issue. While British hooligans of the 80’s are now less representative, Ultras culture, born in Italy in the 1970’s, have extended throughout Europe, North Africa and Asia. This particular fandom brings together tens of thousands of fans, remarkably different from hooligans who basically search for violent actions. Ultras have a more colorful style and have a strong  commitment to their team. They organize and lead the tifo in the stadiums. While violence is not their goal, they are not entirely peaceful fans.

At the moment, Ultras mouvement is the longest-running in history of youth culture.

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This is a specific project and collection dedicated to Ultras cultures of Asia and North Africa : Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia.


Football Stories

Football Stories focus in on cities in which  football passion has a relevant weight. Generally we discover the with a special Ultras guide. Each city is provided with a documentary series


Multimedia resources

Our collection is also composed by films, videos, interviews, sounds and recorded voices of ultras members.

Mucem  Football & Identités 

The “Football & Identities” research program covers  3 years of investigations, carried out from 2014 to 2016, in 10 countries in the Mediterranean area: Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Spain, France, Israel, Italy, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia and Turkey. 4 social scientists – Christian Bromberger, Abderrahim Bourkia, Sébastien Louis and Ljiljana Zeljkovic – a curator – Florent Molle – and photographers – Giovanni Ambrosio and Yves Inchiermann – collected more than 400 objects, around 3000 photographs and more than 6 hours of video recordings. Collected items entered in the museum’s public collections.


Football portraits

This collection includes a series of portrait of people wearing football jerseys in public spaces in normal everyday life.


Football Landscapes

An anthology  of games and pitches in an endless series of photos.

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