Charrería, the national sport of Mexico, is a precursor to rodeo that originated out of ranch work done on the haciendas of 16th Century Mexico. The modern Charreada is a series of formal equestrian events that includes people of all ages competing together. Teams are often made up of extended families who have been performing Charrería for up to five generations. The visually rich exhibition retains the heritage and tradition of its historical origins and is presented through the timeless traditional Charro outfits—the men wearing closely-fitted suits with bowties, the women in colorful flowing dresses seated side-saddle and everyone topped with wide-brim sombreros. The culture of Charrería is growing throughout the US. Over the past several years it has been an incredible honor to document La Familia Charra (the Charro family) and the extraordinary traditions that have been brought here to the United States from Mexico. As is the case for much of my work, I often find just as much or more interest in the things going on in the sidelines and behind the scenes as I do in the main event itself.
Wall: Ardent Mills
Projection Site: TBD