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Opening 6/13: LUCHA LIBRE SIEMPRE: The Photography of Bob DeBris — a Celebration of Mexican Wrestling

Oxnard, CA - In coordination with The Mexican Consulate in Oxnard, the Oxnard Performing Arts Center Corporation (OPAC) is pleased to announce its next visual arts exhibition, LUCHA LIBRE SIEMPRE, curated by Rafael Perea de la Cabada. This solo exhibition features work shot in the early 90’s, and continues to the present day, photographed throughout Southern California by photographer Bob DeBris. The show includes images of some of the greatest Mexican wrestling icons of the 1980’s and 90’s. The work also includes profiles of the new crop of luchadores both male and female in the Lucha Libre scene. An opening reception with live wrestling matches and taco truck will be held on June 13 at 6 pm at the Mexican Consulate in Oxnard. The event is free and open to the public. 


Canadian-born DeBris has called Ventura County home for 30 years. His photography documents funny, offbeat and different perspectives within subcultures as diverse as burlesque and gatherings of believers in aliens. Remarks DeBris, “Luchadores famous and not so are individuals who have dedicated their lives to this spectacular form of entertainment. Their motives are as varied as the moves, makeup and personas each one has adopted, giving life to the character they become in the ring. For some it's the realization of a lifelong dream—for others a family tradition. A few luchadores see it as a foot in the door to untold wealth. It’s a celebration of Mexican cultural heritage. It’s entertainment—it’s male bravado—its broken legs and ruptured disks—a momentary spotlight of glory—adoring fans—it’s vaudeville—morality tales—it’s about violence—good guys and bad guys—-about crooked referees—about dignity and indignity.”  


Hex Wrestling Promotion (HWP) will present two live matches at the exhibit’s opening reception. The first match will be between LAtigo Blaco and Harlekin VS. Técnicos Indio Azteca and Scarecrow. The second match will be between Sicario and Impacto Sagrado VS. Lobo X and Nightwing. 



The event is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to dress in their best luchador attire. More information can be found at: https://www.theopac.org/mexican-consulate-gallery

 

This exhibition is made possible in part with support from the National Association of Latino Arts & Culture (NALAC) and the California Arts Council.


LUCHA LIBRE SIEMPRE

Mexican Consulate in Oxnard

3151 W 5th St Suite 100, Oxnard, CA 93030


Opening Reception

Thursday, June 13, 2024 · 6pm · Open to the Public! Free admission!


Exhibition DatesJune 13 - September 27, 2024


Gallery Hours

Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm



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