The bullring houses a rich culture – resonant with voices, gestures and references rising from deep within the roots of Spanish culture; origins which themselves, lost over time, must be sought out in the anthropology and sociology of this unique world.
It is in the sand where the dramatic relationship between death, art and knowledge is played out and becomes manifest in an incessant and contradictory dialogue between nature and culture. The bullring is a space which harbours its own craftsmanship and particular realities. It is a world which is fiercely proud of its art and one which belongs to an ancient time, still present.
During the spring and summer festivals, Seville and Ronda hosts some of the most important contests in the bullfighting world – drawing in people from all social backgrounds. Upon entering the bullring, the bullfighter is transformed into the popular hero, admired by the crowds for defeating the bull and evading death by virtue of his skill and bravery.
Bullfighting continues to express its voice in a modern Spanish society, full of contrasts. Discussing this tradition reveals two attitudes: While some view it as generating culture and meaning, for others it raises questions about ethics, the human condition and the use of a model which justifies a bull being killed for public entertainment.
© 2014 Aitor Lara · Photographer