BLAM STUDIO PRESENTS
GET USED TO IT
A way towards equality and empowerment through skateboarding in Johannesburg.
South Africa’s tragic colonial history has devastating consequences to this day. Highly engineered, violent racist exploitation has resulted in extreme inequality and record crime rates. Gender equality is written into today’s South African Constitution, but in reality, Born Free girls and women suffer from a harshly patriarchal tradition that enables misconduct, and routinely turns on them in cases of attack or abuse.
With Get Used to It we are proud to present extraordinary individuals, united in their opposition to inequality.
Oliver Percovitch’s first street skateboarding sessions with Afghani kids in war-torn Kabul lead to the creation of Skateistan. If the disparity in treatment between boys and girls was extremely clear from the get-go, so was skateboarding’s power to shatter prejudice and expectations.
GET USED TO IT is the result of street skating with locals and archive-digging at the former Women’s prison. It is the result of out-the-van interviews with township community activists and serendipitous meetings with lawyers offering pro-bono legal support to abused women. It is also the result of Skateistan inaugurating their fourth location, a truly progressive prism through which to explore gender issues in Johanneburg and beyond. The event drew all manner of people together and allowed us to capture dispatches from group leaders who attend court rulings in support of rape victims to Tony Hawk as he and his wife, activist Catherine Goodman, made the trip with their kids and skate team for a session with the locals.
“The reality is that women of the past can serve as such incredible examples for what young women today could be doing in order to take control and forward their own rights”.
Catherine Kennedy, South African History Archives (SAHA)