Tuesday, November 08, 2005
Mexican Wrestling as Art
Santos refused to be photographed!
NPR : Mexican Wrestling as Art
Day to Day, November 7, 2005 � In a bookstore in the funky California beach town of Venice, larger-than-life-sized color photographs of masked Mexican wrestlers are the focal point of a very different art exhibit.
Malcolm Venville photographed about 150 'Lucha Libre' wrestlers for an upcoming book. Translated literally, 'lucha libre' means 'free fighting.' To many Latinos, it's professional wrestling, vaudeville, a venerable cinema genre and the Bushido code of the Japanese Samurai all wrapped up in one campy and crowd-pleasing spectacle.
Venville has made those campy characters into art objects. Equator Books has 13 of his highly detailed wrestler photos on display -- including Astro Boy, Super Pinocho 3000, Raziel, Super Porky and Coco Verde, the green clown.