In Lucha, multimedia artist Victor Maldonado will exhibit an ongoing series of photographs and a video work that explore issues of identity. His most recent vehicle for this is through, and in, a luchador wrestling mask. Some works are views of Victor wearing the mask, while others are shot through the mask's eye, nose and mouth holes, in a curious framing of scenes around Portland and Oregon. These works are essentially social. He often engages friends, family and bystanders to take a photo, shot with his phone, of his masked self in settings and positions that confront, subvert, struggle with stereotypes. He then disseminates these images via social media. Luchadrone, the video work, was filmed with a camera mounted on a remote drone which follows Mad Mex, Victor's masked alter ego, on a walk through Portland's North Park Blocks.
Born in Changuitiro, Michoacán, Mexico and growing up in the U.S. as the son of migrant farm workers, Victor recently became an American citizen. Inquisitively striding between any number of worlds, he embraces a broad range of associations and allusions including art history, the immigrant experience, uncomfortably prevalent attitudes about race, family, fatherhood, academia, his daily routine and the continuous practice of artmaking.