In the U.S. movie industry or on television when a director wants to make a character look stupid, the actor is depicted watching professional wrestling.
In México, the situation is a bit different. Professional wrestling there, called lucha libre, rises to the level of an art. Some even equate the moves in the ring to bolero. The Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo here calls it a genuine manifestation of popular Mexican culture.
The museum, of course, is debuting the photographic works of Lourdes Grobet Saturday. The Mexican photographer has been shooting lucha libre for 30 years.
U.S. professional wrestlers are world-class athletes, too, but they seldom get the respect shown their Mexican counterparts.
Ms. Grobet, 73, studied in México and England and has won a number of international photography awards.
The title of the show here is Espectacular de Lucha Libre.
Clearly her art has been advanced by the showmanship of the wrestlers and their managers. The costumes are more outlandish every year, and most traditionally wear the distinctive masks — sometimes even out of the ring.
The display of photos coincides with the 2013 book fair that is starting a 10-day run at the Antigua Aduana on Calle 23 this Friday. The art and design museum is in the Antigua Fabrica de Licores that also is home to the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud. It is just east of Parque España on Avenida 7.
Ms. Grobet’s work also can be found in a bilingual book filled with the traditions of lucha libre.