DIY, 2008 – 2012

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© Richard Gilligan

"DIY" can be described as a movement within skateboarding which operates outside civic and societal norms. Through the utilisation of skater-constructed spaces which are ordinarily an adaptation of often abandoned terrain in both urban and rural settings, the modern skateboarder transcends the need to exist within a more conventional environment. Utilising found materials, these illegal constructions have fascinated photographer Richard Gilligan, who spent four years tracking down these ephemeral spaces throughout Europe and the US. His pictures show how skaters and "DIY" builders free themselves from the constraints of societal rules, creating their own domain in which to practice this peripheral pursuit. (RG)


headphone Interview Richard Gilligan

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headphone Richard Gilligan by Andrea Rohner

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headphone Richard Gilligan by Marina Skalova

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Richard Gilligan (1981, Ireland) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He holds an Master in Fine Arts in Photography from University of Ulster, Belfast. His photographs have been widely exhibited with recent shows in Dublin, London, Munich, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Sydney and Copenhagen. 2013 : SHOWCASE Photography Award, recently selected by Time Magazine as one of the top 9 Photographers to watch from Ireland.