I had been taking pictures of wrestling for a while before getting the opportunity to attend a “Hardcore Wrestling Match” or “Lucha Libre Extrema”. This type of wrestling is currently forbidden in Mexico City because of numerous accidents but it is still allowed outside the capital. Almost every month the organization DTU arranges a wrestling spectacle in the village where El Santo, Mexico’s most famous wrestler, was born. The students receive professional wrestling training before being allowed to try the extreme style and they get paid a bit more for their bravery. A local carwash is turned into a real arena and the site of this ultraviolent wrestling match. The public, old and young, receives the wrestlers as their local heroes.
Annick Donkers is a documentary photographer from Antwerp, Belgium. After obtaining a Masters degree in Psychology, she decided to specialize in photography. She has received a grant from the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2008 and was selected to participate in the 2008 Seminar on Contemporary Photography at the Centro de la Imagen in Mexico City. She was one of the winners of the Survival International Competition (2015), won an award at the San José Photo Festival in Uruguay, an award at the Sony Awards 2016 in UK, at the MIFA awards in Russia (2016) and has been selected at Latin American Photography vol.5. She currently lives and works as a freelance photographer in Mexico City.