Skateistan: The Tale Of Skateboarding In Afghanistan
J. Fitzpatrick (Ed.)
Skateistan, Berlin, 2015
Skateistan: The Tale of Skateboarding in Afghanistan shares the strange and beautiful intersection of traditional Afghan society and a new generation of Afghan skateboarders and artists. It features the innovative Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) ‘Skateistan,’ which since 2007 has taught skateboarding and creative arts to girls and boys in Kabul, Afghanistan. Skateistan’s opening of the country’s first skatepark – and focus on working with Afghan girls and street-working youth – has been covered by major media outlets worldwide, including CNN, BBC, Al-Jazeera, and the New York Times. “Skateistan: The Tale of Skateboarding in Afghanistan” is the very first book about the subject and gives a rare, in-depth look into the lives of exceptional young Afghans facing incredible challenges in a city torn by war, but also full of life. This book features stunning, previously unpublished photographs accompanied by essays, interviews and personal stories from Skateistan’s founder Oliver Percovich and the young Afghans that have gone from being students to teachers in the skatepark and classrooms. Full of hope, beauty, brutal honesty – and skateboards! – this is a story about Afghanistan that you won’t find anywhere else. All profits from the book will go towards Skateistan.