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Mexican wrestles with art at Tate
Carlos Amorales
The wrestlers wear masks representing the face of the artist

The world of professional Mexican wrestling is put under the microscope for a performance art project at the Tate Modern gallery in London.

Mexican artist Carlos Amorales is staging a wrestling display which will look at issues of identity and role-play in the context of dance.

Amorales was commissioned to create the piece as part of the Tate and Egg Live art project and will be staged on Friday evening in the gallery's Turbine Hall.

Amorales v Amorales will see four professional wrestlers take to the ring in costumes designed by the artist.

Two will be attired in business suits wearing face masks depicting the face of Amorales.

Sweat shop

Amorales himself will take the role of the promoter/referee and will also be wearing a mask with his own profile on as the bout/dance unfolds.

The artist has used wrestling as his inspiration for a variety of projects, drawing on the popularity of wrestling in Mexico where it is called lucha libre.

For his Flames Maquiladora exhibit at the South London Gallery he set up an installation depicting a sweat shop production line making wrestlers' trainers.

Based in Amersterdam, Amorales uses both video and performance art in his work.

He has exhibited across Europe and in his native country and has been chosen to represent Holland in the Venice Biennale this year.

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