the art of living sideways is an academic research project that came out of my MA in peace, development, security and international conflict transformation. i write about my experience with skateistan in kabul but more so about how skateboarding can aid to escape cycles of despair. i write about what it was like for me to arrive in kabul and talk a little critical about the development policy of the west to save the rest. in the last chapter i illustrate that the athletic stream of consciousness, inherent to skateboarding can be a way to access a state of inner peace. in its essence, the book shows how the act of skateboarding can be understood as an approach to conflict transformation that unfolds the extraordinary human potential in all of us.
i had the privilege to contribute to this coffee table book with several pictures of the afghan landscapes and the streets of kabul. skateistan - the tale of skateboarding in afghanistan is available online and all proceeds to 100% towards the activities skateistan is offering.
what’s it like to grow up working on the streets in a warzone, or to spend the first 15 years of your life pretending to be a boy? how does it feel to be one of the first skateboarders in a country, and at the same time a girl in a conservative muslim society? in a nation divided along ethnic and gender lines, how do art, education and skateboarding intersect to create new possibilities for change? those and several other questions will be explored throgh interviews, pictures, drawings and historical encounters.