Lourdes Grobet
(1940 - 2022)

Lourdes Grobet (b.1940, Mexico)  is a Mexican photographer most known for her work documenting the vibrant lives of lucha libre fighters both in and out of the ring.

Lucha libre meaning “freestyle wrestling” is a distinctly Mexican sport characterised by its theatricality, spectacularly attired masked performers and dramatic choreography.

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As competitors of a sport rooted in physical strength and aggression, luchadores are often heralded as prototypes of masculinity. In many ways lucha libre is performance art entrenched in masculinity, a spectacle that encapsulates the “machismo” visible in every strata of Mexican culture.

In her work Lourdes disrupts conventional imagery surrounding luchadores by re-centering her subjects in domestic spaces far removed from the pageantry of the ring. Through casting a feminine gaze on an iconic part of Mexican heritage, Lourdes is able to explore the power dynamics and gender roles that are pervasive throughout Mexico

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