Lucha Libre

Logan Rayment

This photo is a portrait of a Lucha Libre wrestler. The wrestler is wearing a red, gold, and silver mask with a pegasus and flared wings on the top head section. His arms are crossed displaying the gold and silver embroidery on the arm sleeves and t-shirt portion. The Lucha Libre is standing in front of a bright green background.

Created in collaboration with Luchador Guerrero Seiya, Lucha Libre explores the role that the Luchador and his mask play in Mexican culture and identity.

“Conferrer of anonymity and mystique, the luchador’s mask is the most sacred of symbols in Lucha Libre of Mexico and Central America.” (Tamara Mitchell, 2021)

“Lucha Libre has played an important role in Mexican culture since the late 1950s. The sport became famous mainly due to its masked wrestlers, who incorporated their own family traditions, beliefs and fears into the design of their masks, transforming an ordinary person into a fearless character.” (Javier Pereda, 2011)

“In 1953, the Mexican government banned televised wrestling matches-an official condemnation of lucha libre as valid cultural expression-which, ironically, led to the proliferation of even more luchador media content… El Santo’s mask allowed him to transcend the social, racial, and economic hierarchies that would have otherwise marginalized him -an undesirable example to any ruling power.” (Emily Rodriguez, 2020)

“In Mexico, the mask is like the Bible. It’s just as sacred.”
– Guerrero Seiya