Jake Simkin

 

Can you tell me about little bit about yourself? Age? Where you grew up and about heritage stuff

I am 25 years old. I grew up in Iran, lived there for almost 18 years.

How did it feel to come back to Afghanistan?

My father lived in Iran for a long time and he wanted to come back to Afghanistan. I was the first family member who came to Afghanistan (2004) and it was my first time I visited the country. It was a bit weird but it was good I came back to my origin.

What inspires you artistically and what type of artistic work do you do?

The concept of darkness and the fact that human-beings usually ignore the dark aspects of life. It’s natural. But at some point, reflecting the dark issues can bring out the solutions.

I guess you are more into modern art. How different is it from the classical Afghan art?

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Visa to Afghanistan

Blog 1 - Week 1 - 20th October 2011 

 So here I am. I quickly introduce myself. My name is Jacob or known as Jake Simkin. I was once a commercial cinematographer and photographer. I guess I still am except I have left the safety net of Australia to work in developing and conflict zones. For 3 1/2 years now I guess I call Afghanistan home. I've travelled out to other conflict zones but still Afghanistan is home. This is really the first time I've committed to doing a blog so forgive me. I did a daylight blog last year on Skateistan: http://www.daylightmagazine.org/podcast/january2010 

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So here I am. I quickly introduce myself. My name is Jacob Simkin. I was once a commercial cinematographer and photographer. I guess I still am except I have left the safety net of Australia to work in developing a conflict zones. For 3 1/2 years now I guess I call Afghanistan home. I've travelled out to other conflict zones but still Afghanistan is home.

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The January 2010 Daylight podcast features Jake Simkin's portfolio of the Afghan non-profit Skateistan. As a result of his close ties to the organization, Simkin showcases the success of this unique method of youth outreach. 

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