Bronx Wrestling is a black and white documentary series about the independent wrestling scene and culture happening in the South Bronx. Following three promotions that run in this borough, I’ve been a witness to the addictive pandemonium that wrestling creates inside the converted gymnasiums of churches and middle schools.
The series began as a reflection of the fandom and the performers, from how the community reacts to these larger than life characters in the intimate spaces, to the wrestlers themselves in those quiet moments before the beautiful chaos begins. Two years ago, as a nineteen year old wrestling fan entering the scene with a camera, my relationships with everyone involved in the subculture went from professional to personal quick.
From shared memories of cramming into cheap Ubers to get back home, to Taco Bell runs during the intermission between matches, Bronx Wrestling is expanding from a photo-journalistic perspective of a specific subculture as I find myself falling deeper and deeper into the lives of these enigmatic wrestlers, and following their every step in the world of professional wrestling.
Featuring: Sofie Vasquez
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Sofie Vasquez (b. 1998) is an Ecuadorian documentary photographer born and raised in The Bronx, New York. Her artwork explores the mediums of photography and filmmaking to create long-term projects focusing on narratives about identity, community, and culture.
Her work has been featured in The New York Times and has been exhibited with the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the Bronx Documentary Center, the Ecuadorian-American Cultural Center, The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center, the Shirley Fiterman Art Center, the DGT Alumni Association Gallery House and En Foco Inc.
She is currently a fellow with the International Center of Photography, as well as an undergraduate pursuing her BA at The City College of New York.
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