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Palace Skateboards exhibition to open in London

Published
Jun 7, 2016

Cult streetwear brand Palace Skateboards is getting its own show at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London in July.


Olly Todd, 2009 - Alasdair McLellan


Renowned fashion photographer Alasdair McLellan has taken a number of images of the Palace Skateboards team and its extended family, the London skate gang The Palace Wayward Boys Choir. Palace founder Lev Tanju has made a video installation that will accompany the images. A book with the images will be published this summer.

Alasdair McLellan, commented: “When I think about skateboarding pictures I always used to think about America, and then I met Lev and PWBC and they all looked really good, and it was very British, and they all dressed more like they were going to a football match than skating in Waterloo. The fact that they were aged 15 to 30, and it looked like they could be in Fagin’s gang; it was like something out of a Dickens novel. I liked that the names they all had sounded like they’re out of Brighton Rock too; Nugget, Blondey, Edson, Snowy. Most brands don’t have a history like theirs, born out of hanging out on the Southbank. The exhibition at the ICA and The Palace book are a very honest and charming document of what this is all about.”

The exhibition is part of a wider focus on youth at the ICA - "Young ICA" - which will take place in July and "enable young people to devise and deliver programmes for themselves and other," the gallery said.

"Alasdair McLellan & Lev Tanju: The Palace" will be at the ICA from July 8-24.
 

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