Alumni in the Field: Underground Wrestling in the Bronx!
MICA Photo Grad, Elle Perez (2011)
Image: ©Elle Perez
Check out Elle’s powerful new series of images featured in “The Fader”. These photographs focus on the underground wrestling scene in Brooklyn. Below is an excerpt from the article on “The Fader”:
Elle Perez: “I first heard about the underground entertainment wrestling scene in the Bronx after my cousin’s wrestling persona added me on Facebook. I was like, “What the hell is this?” His wrestling persona is from Canada, which is really interesting when you think about what a Puerto Rican kid from the Bronx’s ideal persona would be. Like, here that’s what’s exotic.
I went to his show at a community center inside a housing development. You walk into the basketball court, and there’s a makeshift wrestling ring in the middle, surrounded by all these people screaming for their favorites and booing at the villains. It reminded me of underground punk shows when I was 14 or 15. Fantasy can take off running, and you can be this version of yourself that somehow couldn’t exist in the real world, you know?”