Picture-perfect exhibition rolls into town

An inspiring new exhibition at Qatar Museums

Picture-perfect exhibition rolls into town

Come on, admit it, we all love a good moan about the latest traffic jam grinding us down on our way to work.

But as bad as the daily Doha commute can be, imagine if your only mode of transport was your skateboard? Now those tailbacks don’t seem quite so bad, do they?

An inspiring new exhibition at Qatar Museums will explore the incredible lengths a free-wheeling bunch of Afghani girls go to just to get an education.

The thought-provoking cultural showcase, called Skate Girls of Kabul, tells the incredible stories of intrepid travellers aged between five and 25 who skateboard their way to school, through the lens of British photographer Jessica Fulford-Dobson. The young girls and women use skateboards, supplied by nonprofit organisation Skateistan, to show what can be achieved if you are prepared to really go the extra mile to achieve your dreams.

The acclaimed snapper’s show will be on display at the Qatar Museum Gallery, in Katara, until October 21. Photographer Jessica Fulford-Dobson added: “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.”

Alongside the exhibition, a skating ramp has been constructed in the gallery space, with skateboards and helmets in place, so guests can gain an insight into the girls’ journey while they admire the artwork.
Free entry. Runs until October 21. Open Sat-Thu 10am-8pm (Sun closed); Fri 3pm-9pm. QM Gallery, Building 10, Katara Cultural Village, www.qm.org.qa/en.

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