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  • Skate Girls of Kabul - photographs by Jessica Fulford-Dobson, exhibited in the Aga Khan Park, Toronto in 2017.
    Jessica Fulford-Dobson
Aga Khan Museum
Photographs "Skate girls of Kabul"

"It’s hard not to think of Afghan girls skateboarding as an unlikely clash of cultures.  But when you see these children tearing around the skate park, shrieking with laughter, your preconceptions drop away...  I hope that this collection captures something of their spirit: their joy in life, their individuality, and their community.” — Jessica Fulford-Dobson

Award-winning British photographer Jessica Fulford-Dobson travelled to Afghanistan in the summer of 2013 and the summer of 2014 to document young girls participating in a unique programme called Skateistan — an international NGO founded in 2009 in Kabul, Afghanistan, to provide girls with a place to skate safely and a route into education.

Fulford-Dobson visited Skateistan for a total of six weeks and her engaging photographs from her time there deftly undermine cultural, religious, and gender stereotypes.  Collected in a book called Skate Girls of Kabul were exhibited in the Aga Khan Park, Toronto in 2017.  These photographs present an uncomplicated celebration of childhood and girl power.