Mexican Lucha Libre

By Matthew Duffield

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Think of Mexico and a wealth of images spring to mind. One of these is the masked wrestlers who have become immensely popular social and cultural as well as sporting icons. There’s a mystery and magic to the world of Mexican wrestling that distinguishes it from the over-theatrical glitz and false bravado of American professional wrestling.

Behind the mask, the wrestlers have ordinary lives, of course, and these have been captured in a superb collection of photographs assembled by acclaimed Mexican photographer Lourdes Grobet over 30 years. Mexican Lucha Libre Wresting: Family Portraits reflects the home and family lives of these wrestlers, male and female, when they are away from the ring.

Opening on September 22nd at 7:30pm at the CCCB, Grobet’s exhibition includes over 40 large-format photographs, often with a delicate humor, alongside supporting material. The opening also represents the start of the MXaBCN Festival of Mexico.

September 23, 2015 – November 1, 2015
Opening hours
Tuesday
11:00 – 20:00
Wednesday
11:00 – 20:00
Thursday
11:00 – 20:00
Friday
11:00 – 20:00
Saturday
11:00 – 20:00
Sunday
11:00 – 20:00