Balifornia: a project by Dorota Holubová

At the beginning of the 1970s, there were no public skate-parks and young skaters used empty swimming pools for this purpose. Bali is a paradise for surfers; when the tropical heat is over, skating becomes “surfing on the sidewalk”, but Bali was never geared for skating.

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The government has only ever built two skate parks, while the streets are filled with traffic and potholes. An older Australian lady had a perfect idea to build a club with an empty pool, in the middle of a rice field. By crossing the entrance of this club, you find yourself in California in the 1970s. Skate-jams, tattoo artists on couches, hard-rock bands, beer, cigarettes, artists from all corners of the world, and, in particular, interesting faces that you wouldn’t find elsewhere, just on this exotic Island.

Photographer’s vision was to capture the atmosphere of this place and cover the local underground community – also called “pool society”, as the pool without a water is the heart of every party. She tried to transfer the vibe of this amazing place into her work, to get into the society and drag you inside the huge party, just by looking at her photographs.

You can see people from all over the world gathered together in paradise island, sharing their lifestyle and enjoying every single moment. In these photos she is trying to show you other face of amazing island of Bali, with its variety and unique community of skaters, chilling together in the middle of nowhere. Bali it’s not only about wonderful nature and rich culture, it is an island, where everyone can find their place and feel accepted.
No matter whether you are black or white, a Muslim or a Hindu, anyone can be part of this local village party and get “contaminated” by the phenomenon of the skate-park called Pretty Poison.

About the author:
Dorota Holubová was born in 1989.  She is a freelance portrait and documentary photographer based in Bratislava, Slovakia. In 2016 she became winner of the photo contest SLOVAK PRESS PHOTO 2016. She won 1st prize in category PORTRAIT, as well as 1st prize in category EVERYDAY LIFE. In 2017 she received a nomination from WORLD PRESS PHOTO Joop Swart Masterclass. Her works were published in MONO magazine, GUP magazine and VICE. She exhibited “Balifornia” art show in Indonesia and Slovakia.

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