Side by side these two exhibits highlight the unique genre of Lucha Libre (freestyle Mexican wrestling).
1. In Mascaras vs Cabellera, Miguel Valverde, Romeo Saadi. Gala Lutteroth, Rosalio Vera, Raúl Ramirez, Gonzalo López, Christian Cymet, and CMLL celebrate the 85th anniversary of Arena Mexico by presenting visions of wrestling captured in paintings, drawings, photography, and apparel.
Mascara vs Cabellera embodies an enriched surreal world of Mexican Wrestling culture where the fight revolves around the theory of triumph and defeat. Where each combat and movement ends in a battle polarized by a duality between good and evil. The thematics of this exhibit diffuses the historical conception of Mexican wrestling aesthetic, and its importance in popular culture.
2. “California Lucha Libre”, are 13 photographs from a larger documentary photo essay Amelia Berumen worked on from October 2016-September 2017.
After learning that her neighbor was a “luchador” (wrestler), Amelia made connections with the fighters of “California Lucha Libre Club” where she captured intimate portraits, back stage scenes, and ring photos of that particular underground scene. After approximately three months of photographing, Amelia created her first photo book volume titled “Rudos vs Tecnicos”. In November of 2017 the book “Rudos vs Tecnicos” was catalogued into the Thomas J. Watson Library at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The California Lucha Libre Wrestler Club came to an end in September 2017 that also marked the end of this specific photo essay project. These photos are a sample of hundreds of images Amelia Berumen took and have not been publically viewed.