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The MIA Program

Miami's skate culture goes under the scope in a retrospective highlighting the last 10 years of the city's stirring subculture

by Karen Day in Culture on 22 April 2010

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A ten year retrospective on skateboarding in Miami, "The MIA Program" looks at the city's stirring subculture through the lenses of photographers Ian O'Connor and Frankie Galland, as well as with skate-inspired paintings by artist Taylor Kienholz.

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The MIA Program returns for a month-long showcase at local hangout Kill Your Idol after debuting to a packed house in a 24-hour-long exhibition of the same name at the beginning of 2010. The exhibit aptly portrays its host city with images spanning all neighborhoods—from the gutters in seedy Liberty City to half pipes inside the clubs of South Beach, The MIA Program is as much about the culture and backdrop surrounding the Miami skate scene as it is about the medium or the sport itself.

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Miami natives, O'Connor and England-born Galland are clearly acquainted with the local lifestyle. O'Connor has shot for Sports Illustrated and Skateboarder magazines as well as an array of skateboard brands and Galland worked as photo editor at Strength Magazine as well as shooting for various publications. The two are joined by Santa Cruz-born, Miami transplant Taylor Kienholz and Floridian filmmaker Rob Hoovis, who will show his skate-fueled film "Paradise."

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The MIA Program opens tomorrow, 23 April 2010 and runs through 24 May 2010.

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