Acrylic & mixed media on panel,
60"h x 72"w, Item No. 15160,
Kabuli Schoolgirls For this latest series Fight Like A Girl, I was interested in portraying empowered women and girls. With what feels like an almost worldwide backlash against women’s rights-- in both the so-called developed world and the developing world, in war-torn countries and peaceful nations alike; I have been on a path of inquiry-- a quest to find bright, uplifting, hopeful stories to depict through my portraiture. In the course of my research, I came across a story of girls not only learning to skateboard in Kabul, Afghanistan, but becoming quite adept-- even mastering the sport and competing in it and teaching it. It began as a nonprofit initiative by an organization called Skatistan : whose mission states: “We provide programs that combine skateboarding and education to children and youth aged 5-17 in Afghanistan, Cambodia and South Africa. Through the hook of skateboarding we engage children, especially girls and children from low income backgrounds, and provide them with access to safe spaces and education. Our innovative programs teach children valuable life skills that go beyond the skatepark and the classroom. At Skateistan, our vision is to create leaders that make a better world.”
I have long admired skateboarding as a somewhat rebellious, subversive sport-- one that requires very little money, but more than a fair amount of cajones-- fearlessness and skill! So I was naturally drawn to the story of girls-- especially Muslim girls in a country ravaged by decades of war-- practicing skateboarding.
(a small percentage of the sale of this piece will be contributed toward Skatistan)