15 minutes of fame, de Anabelle Schattens

Brussels, Belgium

In 1968, Andy Warhol said “in the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.”” Human beings need recognition. We may have always been that way. My work aims to show the universal value of wrestling in that regard.

Recognition, wanting to be seen and to exist are the drivers of wrestling. We can see it as courtship parade. The wrestler, through a dramatic and athletic performance, chooses a very specific role. This allows him to live his 15 minutes of fame, for the duration of the fight, even if it is only in front a sparse audience. The role of the wrestler is not so much to win, as to execute the expected moves, according to a staged and improvised performance. This is both violent and carnal.

The contrast between the ordinary person (whose life can be similar to that of the layman) and the extraordinary role he/she chooses to perform, makes him all the more human. These wrestlers restore a degree of imperfection, humanity and realism in heroes. That makes them both interesting and moving. Bearing in mind the universal need for recognition, it is fascinating to discover, almost like an anthropologist, the specificities of wrestling in different countries. Both, among the actors and their experience and the audience and their fascination.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     http://www.anabelleschattens.portfoliobox.net/

Place: Fàbrica Cal Garbat. Mossén Jacint Verdaguer, 8. Vilassar de Dalt