london: skate girls of kabul

© jessica fulford-dobson

girls on skateboards may not be a novelty where you're from, but they are in afghanistan, a country where the fair sex is often confronted with restrictions and obstacles that block them from education and participation in society. in 2013 and 2014 british photographer jessica fulford-dobson visited the skateistan projects – an award-winning non-governmental organization which innovatively combines skateboarding with educational programs in afghanistan, cambodia and south africa – in the afghan cities of kabul and mazar-i-sharif. on this occasion she met many young girls from deprived backgrounds and displaced families who all participated in skateistan's after-school program to learn how to skate and receive schooling.

the photographs that fulford-dobson took are to be displayed at an exhibition, entitled skate girls of kabul, and which opens on wed - apr 15 [10am-1pm] at saatchi gallery in london. presented are a series of compelling portraits of these young afghan girls with their decks during practice, all oozing a newly found confidence and a drive to succeed. coinciding with the show, publishing house morland tate will be publishing an eponymous book, obviously containing the photographer's portraits, but also a foreword by legendary skater tony hawk. location: saatchi gallery, duke of york's hq, king's road [knightsbridge].

© jessica fulford-dobson