Marina Ekroos

Photographer

Skate deconstruct Mexico

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The last three weeks I have been in Mexico City working on a documentary photography project. The project is about skateboarding and deconstructing the culture. The trigger for this project was the image above that I took in September 2015 during my last hour in Mexico City before leaving for the airport. 

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Back in Helsinki, after recovering from the travels, I started thinking about what I had seen in the skate park and how inspiring it was. I came up with the idea to return back to Mexico and document the life of Gabriel, who I had met at the skate park. On our first meeting in Mexico City I had my first surprise: instead of one Gabriel there turned out to be two Gabriels.

Since that meeting I have had the pleasure of following the everyday life of both Gabriels. I have met their friends and family, and have began to understand their relationship with skating.

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My method has been to observe the culture as an outsider, to slowly understand it and deconstruct it in to my photography. During this process I have had the pleasure of getting to know two amazing persons and great skateboarders. Two very different personalities, who are determinant and work hard to achieve what they want. 

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You can follow my trip on my Instagram and you can find the pics of the project under hastag #skatedeconstruct 

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Skate Deconstruct Photoshow

Every Thing Changes Art Gallery, 2009 Main St, Santa Monica

9/18-11/11/2016, Mon-Fri: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Sat-Sun: 12 p.m.-3 p.m.

To make an appointment call Leslie Heinze 310-795-9160

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