Photographer Saskia Kahn will present her collaborative photo project, about a self-created youth community that grew to make a Baltimore skateboard park a more inclusive space. Skaters who felt uncomfortable using the park alone realized the need to work cooperatively in order to claim this space as safe—particularly those who identified as transgender, gender-nonconforming, Black-femme, women, and/or queer. The portraits in Skatepark Baltimore celebrate the young people who fight for their access to joy. This art project also used the social-work methodology of Photovoice, which uses photography to spark conversation around social issues.
Saskia Kahn is a photographer from the Manhattan Beach section of Brooklyn, NY. Her work features portraits of youth, a fascination that stems from the stories of her grandmother surviving WWII during her teenage years. Kahn also works in collaboration with the people she photographs. She teaches free photography programs in Baltimore, MD, Hudson, NY, and Yaoundé, Cameroon. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, EW, The Brooklyn Rail, and she is a contributor to BmoreArt Magazine, among others. She received her MFA from MICA and lives in Baltimore, MD.