Author(s): Nikki Toole
Since 2009 Melbourne-based photographer Nikki Toole has been making photographic portraits of skateboarders around the world. This work serves as a visual, anthropological documentation of a global subculture. As well as questioning what it is to be a skater, it questions whether skating communities in different parts of the world are distinct from one another, or whether they adhere to the same styles of dress and cultural mores.
Nikki Toole was born in Scotland. She exhibited in Australia, Britain, USA, and Germany. Her work is held in private and gallery collections worldwide. Christopher Chapman is Senior Curator at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra, Australia, where he has produced major exhibitions exploring diverse experiences of selfhood and identity. He joined the Gallery in 2008 and was promoted to Senior Curator in 2011.