Prêt-à-Patria

by Bárbara Sánchez-Kane

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Bárbara Sánchez-Kane presents Prêt-à-Patria at Siembra 21, a project that combines art and fashion in video, the artist’s solution to performance during a time of social distancing. The piece, formulated like a play, addresses the construction of masculinity within the Army as an institution, though her work at large revolves around the examination of identities based on gender. Prêt-à-Patria’s plot centers around a military escort parade complete with a marching band all in costumes designed by the artist.

The military is a long standing system that upholds hypermasculinity, including violence, and contributes to the staying power of a national “macho” ideal. The project title refers to the mass standardization of military uniforms, clothing that symbolizes  the notion of homeland defense and patriarchal systems. Beyond criticizing a system, Sánchez Kane seeks to question the role played by symbols and military values ​​that we assume as part of Mexican identity and national security, as well as the repercussions they may have on gender violence, not only in Mexico, but in the world.

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