Kitintale – skateboarders in Uganda

Posted 05 May 2010 — by davidc_7IF
Category Alternative visuals

Here’s a fantastic story, out of the ordinary, yet of the everyday. Its by photographer Yann Gross who describes it as follows:

I mostly focus my work on identities, dreams and senses of belonging to communities. I’m really interested the way people come together and create their own subculture.

The first Uganda skateboarders were inspired by the television, but hadn’t any concrete to practice on in their neighborhood. They built the only skatepark of East Africa with their own hand in Kitintale, a working class suburb of Kampala. With no assistance from government or large NGO’s, kids from Uganda took significant steps to overcome boredom and poverty through skateboarding. Skateboarding keeps the youth busy, combats the development of negative habits and develops a sense of belonging to a community. The elder skateboarders became also kind of educators. They talk about the problems that many Ugandan families are facing like HIV or malaria and try to inculcate values such as respect and solidarity among the younger ones.

See the images at http://www.yanngross.com/kitintale.htm, and click here for some background from Yann Gross on the project.