juan james: 'burka board' + 'prayer board' juan james: 'burka board' + 'prayer board'
aug 20, 2010

juan james: 'burka board' + 'prayer board'

‘prayer board’ + ‘burka board’

working under the pseudonym ‘juan james’, chilean-born new york-based artist and designer sebastian errazuriz has collaborated with NYC artist and musician j. carlton dewoody to create two limited edition skateboards – ‘burka board’ and ‘prayer board’ – to be exhibited and auctioned for skateistan.

skateistan is afghanistan’s first skateboarding school, which engages growing numbers of urban and internally-displaced youth in afghanistan through skateboarding.  it is the only organization which provides girls in afghanistan with the opportunity to play sports. the platform provides youth with new opportunities to thrive in cross-cultural interaction, education and personal empowerment improving their quality of life. with 50 percent of the population under the age of 16, skateboarding classes are a first starting point for a series of other recreational and educational activities.

‘prayer board’ detail

the exhibition and fundraising event will include more than 50 different customized boards created by a series of artists designers and skateboarders.

the fundraiser is tonight, august 20th, 2010 from 9pm – 12am at the red bull space in soho NY. tickets are 40 USD and you must RSVP here.

‘burka board’ detail

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  • dont like … could have approached the design differently !

    sara says:
  • it is too proamerican… without respect of culture of other countries of the world…

    gn says:
  • why not hashboard, AKMboard, talibanboard, urukboard?

    skateboard says:
  • Great work as always!
    Minimal, clever and ironic.
    Always manages to open a good discussion

    John says:
  • John, I feel you sadly and greatly mistaken

    I am not a Muslim but I immediately see this project as irreverent and a big cultural ‘birdie’ to those who practice Islam

    Shoes tramping all over a prayer mat or the face of a burkha clad lady is a strong statement of a very negative kind. In fact that last one is not only religiously and culturally dumb it could be easily read as sexist too

    Surely when raising money for a worthy charitable cause, no matter how ironic the designer may believe they are being, a Respect for those who will benefit form these boards being auctioned might not have been too much to ask?

    Gosh, this posting has really annoyed me!

    dextersdragon says:
  • dextersdragon, what you say is very true.

    The irony of the design does come out as disrespectful of the Muslim culture, I think from that perspective the boards are negative and wrong.

    Nevertheless skateboarding, graffiti and street culture in general has always defied the hierarchies and structures imposed by government or religions everywhere in the world.

    Don’t you think both boards are definitely defying in their own “street style” language 2 symbols of a religious and cultural structure that has also perpetrated countless negative actions?

    Shouldn’t the boards ironic-anarchic designs poke at the structures under which the Taliban has just prohibited young girls to go to school and receive an education in Afghanistan?

    skateworld says:
  • Im a designer and skateboarder for many years and this ideia is just dumb!
    the grip cant be turn apart like that or else you will have a unskatable skate in your hands!..
    and second: how obvious can u get when you are asked to mix Muslim religion and a Skateboard?? lol

    Very naif obvious and short sided work for a so called “artist”

    M. Guerra says:
  • This is outrageous, and encroachment on Islam..
    ;-(

    osama says:
  • working under the pseudonym ‘OBEY giant’, chilean-born new york-based artist and designer sebastian errazuriz has collaborated with NYC artist and musician j. carlton dewoody to create two limited edition skateboards – ‘burka board’ and ‘prayer board’ – which are guaranteed to offend prudes.

    Typo says:
  • When the time for prayer comes, the worshipper lays the rug on the ground, so that the top points towards the direction of Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

    The Arabic word for a prayer rug is “sajada,” which comes from the same root word (SJD) as “masjed” (mosque) and “sujud” (prostration).

    BigBrother1984 says:
  • I think beyond the formal aspects of the pieces, we should also just take note of the reasons for why these boards were made.

    Just Saying says:

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