The Saint Scrimmage is a documentary photo project that dives into the world of Chicago’s underground fútbol scene, and how the game impacts the Pilsen community - from the Pilsen F.C. players, to the surrounding neighborhood. Through an interview with the Pilsen F.C. team captain, the series explores gentrification in the historically-Hispanic Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago, the challenges of being undocumented in the city, and the story of how each of the young men fell in love with soccer.
The photos and interviews were conducted by journalist Cami Thomas. The project was covered in the Chicago-Sun Times, and were displayed in a solo exhibition at the Chicago Art Department as part of the AMFM Pink Things Pop-Up on August 29th, 2019.
View photos from the exhibition, and view the full photo project below: