Lucha Libre or “free fights” – notorious for their lack of regulations and violence inflicted upon the luchadores, or fighters – are part of Mexico’s cultural identity. After the new president took the oath of office, barriers were set up in front of the presidential palace because the new authorities were fearful of being attacked by their opponents.

Julia Kurek, the performer, wearing a flowy dress and a flight mask typical for lucha libre. She tries to get to the palace, engaging in a grotesque choreography with the guards. The barriers symbolise the separation between political power and the rest of society. The performance has also a more dramatic dimension drawing attention to the unlawfulness and corruption of the Mexican government – the action took place the day after the kidnapping of 43 students who demonstrated against the education reform (on September 26th, 2014). Two weeks later, their burned bodies were found in a mass grave.

Julia Kurek (PL), b. 1984 in Szczecin. She is a young visual artist, a performer, an maker of videos and installations. She graduated with honours from the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk (Faculty of Sculpture, specialization: Intermedia) (2009). She also studied at the Marmara Universitesi in Istanbul (2008—2009). In 2012, and completed her doctoral studies at the Faculty of Sculpture, Academy of Fine Arts, Kraków. She currently teaches 2D animation at the Polish-Japanese Academy of Information Technology in Warsaw. She has participated in more than 100 exhibitions, festivals, and workshops across the world.

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