Vincent Valdez, “Stations” portfolio

In the portfolio Stations, Vincent Valdez reinterprets the Stations of the Cross using a boxer as an analog for Jesus Christ. Valdez noted in 2006 that he was not thinking of the boxer as a religious icon or symbol, but of the rites of passage that young men navigate. Valdez’ scenes are more a personal echo that refrain from  recreating the earlier images of Christ’s suffering on his way toward his crucifixion. There is in Valdez’ narrative a battle to be won or lost, but perhaps not  a human sacrifice of titanic consequence.

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