ART of 8 LIMBS
LPM Projects / formerly La Petite Mort Gallery
LIVE MUAY THAI FIGHT
& PHOTO EXHIBIT by Rey Martin
Sponsored by Top Shelf Distillers
OCT 21 2017
7-10PM / DOORS OPEN AT 7PM
$12 AT THE DOOR // LIMITED ENTRY
General Assembly / Assemblée Générale
5 FAIRMONT ST, OTTAWA (HINTONBURG)
"FIGHT. fight for your life. Fight or flight? Fuck that. FIGHT. Stand your ground, the sweat pour and the blood drip. You're not just gonna stand there, you're not like these people. So suit up for battle solider, honor your gods and march straight into your destiny. Fight for the other side. The other side waits with diamonds and pearls and one thousand virgins... They are all yours... But first you must fight". - Jason Champagne
ART OF 8 LIMBS
‘Art of 8 Limbs’ is a project by Rey Martin who documented combat fighting in Ottawa. Rey would photograph fighters before, during and after a bout with the main goal being documenting the different approaches to a contest, portraying the mental, the physical and the spiritual battle. You can teach someone how to throw a punch but you cannot teach him or her how to take one. From warfare to entertainment, the ultimate test of physicality and wit used to be endured on the battlefield as man’s oldest sport. The reasoning behind any fighter is personal. What is your reason? To provide? Is it for the freedom and thrill? For glory? Respect? It’s money, right? Or is it deeper than that. Is it for protection? Or is it revenge? Historically, Muay Thai was taught early on in childhood as a means of discipline, teaching manners and self-defense. It was a way to train soldiers, but also entertain crowds in competitions, fighters even held bodyguard duties. Muay Thai was a network to propel culture and spread the philosophy of Southeast Asia. Most importantly, it is an art form that exhibits each fighter’s personality and individuality through technique and style. There’s strength in vulnerability and it is something every fighter must accept before stepping before an opponent.
PRIZE PIECE – PRIZE FIGHTER
"The same hand that carries the marks of a battle proudly wears the spoils of victory. Fists speak their story as a timepiece replaces the wrist tape. Watches have long been viewed as status symbols and prizefighters traditionally come from humble beginnings. They can go on to watch their rankings rise, as do their endorsements. The juxtaposition of a sport with such a rich history has come a long way to promoting top brands and fighters who now more than ever have the reach to influence entire generations".
Introduction by Stefan Okuka