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Skateface Art Book Release Party

Skateface Art Book Release Party

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  • Sat 3 Nov ’18, 6:00pm – 8:00pm


Sherwood, 554 Frankton Road, Queenstown


All Ages

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  • Free Admission

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Are you ready to see Skateface?

The teasing has gone on long enough. It’s time to get this book published! But I need your help to do it.

Publishing a book of art photography like Skateface is no small undertaking. To print these important stories about New Zealand roller derby in the quality they deserve, and then get the book into your hands, requires a considerable amount of moolah.

To launch my Kickstarter campaign I’m throwing a party for skaters, supporters and roller-aficionados. The fine folk at the Sherwood will host us and you’ll be the first to see the beautiful video we’ve made, have a sneak peek at the book and meet the artist behind it all.

Skateface merchandise will be on hand and Queenstown Roller Derby will be out in full roller disco mode. Feel free to join them by dressing in theme!

About Skateface:
Skateface documents the New Zealand roller derby scene from a unique perspective. Photographer Philippa O’Brien visited leagues throughout the country over five years, staging environmental portraits of over 35 roller derby players.

The images are supported by frank and largely unedited interviews with the skaters, exploring their motivations for playing this intensely physical sport and discussing the
profound impact it has had on their lives.

While roller derby is typically represented as aggressive and combative, O’Brien captures the skaters in quiet, reflective moments. As a result we get an introspective look behind the colourful uniforms, helmets and warpaint, at what really makes this sport tick.

The words and images chronicle the rise of roller derby in New Zealand and speak truths about what it means to play a contact sport as a woman. It is an important document; not just for the derby community but for all sportswomen.

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