Friday, March 14, 2014

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Title: "Charras And Charros"

Start/End March 14- April 5, 2014

Vernissage: March 14 participant with
Martin Ranger has his first solo exhibition at Form/Space Atelier, a vast, sweeping series of photographs narrating his experiences with Charreadas of the last several years.

The charreada or charrerĂ­a is a competitive event similar to rodeo and was developed from animal husbandry practices used on the haciendas of old Mexico. The sport has been described as "living history," or as an art form drawn from the demands of working life.  Evolving from the traditions brought from Spain in the 16th century, the first charreadas were ranch work competitions between haciendas. The modern Charreada developed after the Mexican Revolution when charro traditions were disappearing. The competing charros often came from families with a tradition of Charreria,  and teams today are often made up from extended families who have been performing for up to five generations.  The charreada consists of nine events for men plus one for women, all of which involve horses, cattle or both.