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Dawson City League of Lady Wrestlers: Grudge Match in Guggieville
Over 200 people attended Dawson City’s third annual League of Lady Wrestlers event on Saturday, August 1st. Billed as a “Grudge Match in Guggieville”, contestants squared off in a riotously fun atmosphere over the course of six scheduled matches.
Throughout the evening, many surprise match ups broke out and this reporter found great difficulty in keeping score of winners and losers. During the half time musical show, the lead singer and the bassist of the band Gliterus ultimately took umbrage with each other and wound up in the wrestling ring.
Later in the night, a wrestling hobbit by the name of Bobo Baggins was unmasked as last year’s villainous “Yuk of the Yukon” in disguise and was forced to reckon with the indignation, and broom, of the event’s custodian Janet Orial. Even the award ceremony at the end of the night degenerated into a battle royale as all the players attempted to claim the much coveted trophies for themselves.
Though smartly dressed, the Referee seemed unable and even unwilling to keep the fights clean and with the correct number of scheduled contestants. Some stability was provided by announcer and 19th century dandy Johnny Fairbanks, who thankfully was able to explain many of the plot twists and turns during the utter pandemonium.
Just three days ago I visited Escuela Normal Rural Miguel Hidalgo in Atequiza, Mexico. This is not too far west from yesterday’s shootout in Tanhuato. I felt it was important to publish this series quickly. A different perspective on Mexico at this time is needed, within my realities as a visitor seeing this place for the first time.
Especially thrilling for me was it was not some writer with and interest in arts (nothing wrong with that) but an artist and a writer named Micheal Ernest Sweet. His work has always impressed me and this interest from a very accomplished street photographer based in New York is very encouraging. Generally when artists and children like your work then you are doing something right.
Thanks to Pat Apt for her support, encouragement and providing me the space to exhibit this work.
My first solo photography show opens this week in Ajijic, Mexico. I was lucky enough to be here for this historic village’s version of Mardi Gras.
Compositions exploring the dynamics of crowds in public spaces, centered on ceremony, has been an emerging interest for me. Formal issues relating to classical works, the sociological gaze within a post-colonial framework (in particular D.H. Lawrence’s problematic and revealing Mornings in Mexico) as well as critical interest of Mikhail Bakhtin’s Carnivalesque theories are reflected in this narrative.
If you happen to be in the mountains just south of Guadalajara stop on in and say hi.
Corsano is a New Genres Artist influenced by Los Angeles art practices now based in Toronto, Ontario. He works in a variety of media and his art writings and artist interviews were primarily published in artUS Magazine (LA).
Drawing inspiration from the “neo-conceptual” school enables Corsano to avoid being locked into any singular production mode. One notable series are his “Quick Draw” artist interviews that utilize Facebook’s IM Chat feature to record and document conversations with international artists (http://artpost-oc.blogspot.ca).