Surfing Islam

Surfing Islam
Claudia Cukrov
  • 8 december 2008

Phillip George is attempting to heal ethnic tensions within Sydney’s beach culture with a range of Islam-inspired surfboards.  The Australian artist embellished thirty ‘Inshalla’ (God willing) surfboards with motifs taken from Islamic art for his recently opened Borderlands exhibition.  The project was seven years in the making, gathering steam after the 2005 Cronulla beach Lebanese race riots.  George traveled throughout Australia and the Middle East for inspiration, noting the importance of sport to Australia’s developing cultural identity:

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