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Viva Las Luchadoras!

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Nick Ballon has documented the bizarrely heroic world of the Bolivian Lucha Libre – the country’s wildly popular wrestling scene, on one of his many trips to South America.
  • “The virtue of all-in wrestling is that it is the spectacle of excess. Here we find a grandiloquence which must have been that of ancient theatres. And in fact wrestling is an open-air spectacle. There are people who think that wrestling is an ignoble sport. Wrestling is not a sport, it is a spectacle, and it is no more ignoble to attend a wrestled performance of Suffering than a performance of the sorrows of Arnolphe or Andromaque.”
    The World of Wrestling by Roland Barthes
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