Back in 2004, a phalanx of skateboarders decided to go skate a giant skatepark they had seen a photo of, in the heart of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Once they reached, only to discover that the structure had been razed three weeks prior, the real adventure began.
The resulting book (Dirt Ollies) and film (Mongolian Tyres)* depicted the trip—an epic rendition of two worlds colliding, and of a country about to go through a drastic change.
Ten years later, Mongolia has become one the quickest growing countries in the world, thanks to its underground treasures (coal, copper, rare metals, uranium, etc.), both blessing and curses with tales of anarchic growth a nd profound society changes.
From the dirt roads of 2004 to the construction sites’ dust of 2014, this decade of (r)evolution fully deserved a new book and a film. We decided to use what we knew, skateboarding, to monitor the transformation from a vernacular angle. And so, ten years later, bags were packed again for an heteroclitic crew of skateboarders, photographers, writers, architects. Mongolia, here we went again...
Launch in Berlin
The "From Dirt To Dust" book launch, a related photo exhibition and the film premiere of "Out Of Steppe" will take place in Berlin at the Shitfoot Mongoland trade show.
Exhibition and book launch
Urban Spree, Revaler Str. 99, 10245 Berlin.
Vernissage 08/07 from 7:00 to 9:00pm
Neue Heimat, Revaler Str. 99, 10245 Berlin.
Screening 09/07 at 8:30pm
About the book "From Dirt to Dust"
Ten years after, skateboarders, photographers and an architect return to Mongolia to marvel at its landscapes, cities, and drainage ditches. With skateboarding as an uncanny reading grid, the disorientated transplants experienced the creeping westernization of a once powerful Empire.
From Dirt to Dust is published by 19/80 Éditions and Carhartt WIP
Text: Sébastien Carayol (France)
Photography: Percy Dean (UK), Cyrille Weiner (France)
Additional Text: Nicola Delon
Featured Skateboarders: Carhartt WIP teamriders Phil Zwijsen (Belgium), Sylvain Tognelli (France), Igor Fardin (Switzerland), Yoshihiro “Deshi” Omoto (Japan), Jerome Campbell (UK), Joseph Biais (France)
Design and layout: Jad Hussein
225 × 280 mm
192 pages + cover 4-color printing on Lessebo smooth bright 110g.
Available now in Carhartt WIP stores, selected retailers and online.
About the film "Out of Steppe"
Trough Stephen Roe’s lens, a heterogeneous crew addresses the contrast of skateboarding from the infinite steppes to forgotten Mongolian towns, and incidentally discovers an urban blooming scene riding the saddle of a galloping Globalization.
Directed, filmed and edited by Stephen Roe
Skateboarders: Phil Zwijsen (Belgium), Sylvain Tognelli (France), Igor Fardin (Switzerland), Yoshihiro “Deshi” Omoto (Japan), Jerome Campbell (UK), Joseph Biais (France)
Original soundtrack: Joel Curtis, Samuel Jones
The DVD is coming with the book and soon on VOD via Vimeo.com
About the first trip
A voyage through the joy and pain of skateboarding, random archi- tecture, endless countryside and the knowledge of how to ollie on dirt.
You can buy the book "Dirt Ollies" online!
Don't forget to visit us at the Bright trade show (Booth #201 on the first floor)!
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