HIGHLY ANTICIPATED “SKATE GIRLS OF KABUL” EXHIBITION ROLLS INTO QM GALLERY KATARA
Doha, 19 July 2017: Qatar Museums (QM) today opens a major show by acclaimed British photographer Jessica Fulford-Dobson. Presented by QM under the leadership of its Chairperson, HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Skate Girls of Kabul will be on show at the QM Gallery in Katara from 20th July – 21st October 2017.
The stunning portraits tell the extraordinary story of Afghani girls between the ages of five and 17 using skateboarding as a motivation to attend school, thanks to Skateistan, an award-winning international nonprofit organisation empowering youth and children through skateboarding and education.
The Doha showing of the photo series will be its first appearance in the Middle East and expectations are high for its success. The hopeful and tenacious spirit of the exhibition is meant to resonate with the local community and echo QM’s mission of inspiring education through creative approaches.
Commenting on the exhibition, Khalid Al-Ibrahim, Chief Strategic Planning Office at Qatar Museums said:
“The Skate Girls of Kabul opening night event was a true reflection of the spirit of the show. The photographs emitted a sense of hopefulness and perseverance, reaching out into the audience to grab the guests’ attention with their subjects’ determined gazes. This powerful show is yet another example of Qatar Museums’ focus on bringing high-profile exhibitions to Qatar with the aim of inspiring an indigenous culture of creativity and innovation.”
Photographer Jessica Fulford-Dobson, said:
“I first met these girls in 2012 and knew their story had to be told. It was their determination, and the unique way in which they created a skating culture entirely their own, that kept me coming back to the skate park day after day to capture this pocket of hope. It’s hard to put into words how captivating this young skateboarding community was to be around but I hope that’s precisely what the photographs will show. That’s why I chose to work with natural light and in the original setting of the skate park, letting these girls’ personalities shine through the images. I hope the photo series captures their joy of skating, their individuality and the unique community they built around their shared experiences.”
Alongside the exhibition, QM has constructed a skating ramp that is located inside the gallery space. Exhibition guests will be able to try their hand at skateboarding by using skateboards and helmets that will be made available to visitors.
A robust education programme was also launched to complement the Skate Girls of Kabul exhibition, including summer camps, school visits and a series of community workshops that will allow participants to engage in art making in new and unexpected ways. For example, one community workshop will allow participants to use skateboards as paint brushes to create beautiful imagery, while another will allow guests to design and decorate their own skateboard. A more in-depth workshop will also ask participants to build characters out of clay based on the exhibited Skate Girls of Kabul photos, which will be used to create a short animation.
More information will be available on the QM website and announced through QM’s social media channels.
For more information on the exhibition and upcoming activities, please visit: http://www.qm.org.qa/en
Monday: 10:00 – 20:00
Tuesday: 10:00 – 20:00
Wednesday: 10:00 – 20:00
Thursday: 10:00 – 20:00
Friday: 15:00 – 21:00
Saturday: 10:00 – 20:00
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About Qatar Museums
Qatar Museums connects the museums, cultural institutions and heritage sites in Qatar and creates the conditions for them to thrive and flourish. It centralises resources and provides a comprehensive organisation for the development of museums and cultural projects, with a long term ambition of creating a strong and sustainable cultural infrastructure for Qatar. Under the patronage of His Highness the Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, and led by its Chairperson, Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, QM is consolidating Qatar’s efforts to become a vibrant centre for the arts, culture and education, in the Middle East and beyond.
Since its foundation in 2005, QM has overseen the development of the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA), Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, and the Al Zubarah World Heritage Site Visitor Centre. The QM also manages the QM Gallery at Katara Cultural Village, the ALRIWAQ DOHA Exhibition Space and the Fire Station: Artists in Residence. Future projects include the launch of the highly anticipated National Museum of Qatar and the 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum.
QM is committed to instigating Qatar’s future generation of arts, heritage and museum professionals. At its core is a commitment to nurturing artistic talent, creating opportunities and developing the skills to service Qatar’s emerging art economy. By means of a multi-faceted program and public art initiatives, QM seeks to push the boundaries of the traditional museum model, and create cultural experiences that spill out onto the streets and seek to involve a wide audience. Through a strong emphasis on originating art and culture from within and fostering a spirit of national participation, QM is helping Qatar find its own distinctive voice in today’s global cultural debates.