Carlos Amorales

(Mexico, 1970)

Process

Proposal

Conceived by Mexico City artist Carlos Amorales as a further elaboration of the identity of his wrestling character, Amorales, his project for inSITE2000, The Invisible Man (My Way)/El hombre invisible (A mi manera), took the form of two public and distinct wrestling performances.

On Friday, January 19, 2001, two wrestlers from Holland, Amorales and Amorales, were featured in a fight against Mexican wrestling stars Satanico and Último Guerrero. The match was part of the regular Friday night program at the Auditorio Municipal, Tijuana. The crowd of 3,500 was quiet with uncertainty as these two unknown Dutch lucha libre personalities walked into the ring. The uncertainty was transformed to excitement as the audience realized that the two Amorales were not impostors, but professional lucha libre wrestlers. By the end of the fight, the audience was divided between those screaming, “Amorales, Amorales!” and those who were faithful to the national wrestlers, "Rude" as they might be.

At 8:00 p.m., on Saturday, January 20, 2001, the sequel of the Amorales wrestling match took place as the centerpiece of a black-tie dinner at the prestigious Wyndham Emerald Plaza Hotel in downtown San Diego. The fight was followed by dancing with music mixed live by Silverio.

Curators: Susan Buck-Morss, Ivo Mesquita, Osvaldo Sánchez, and Sally Yard
Venues: Auditorio Municipal, Tijuana, and Wyndham Emerald Plaza Hotel, San Diego

Carlos Amorales, The Invisible Man (My Way), inSITE2000 (documentation).
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Duration: 1:11 min