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.
Sánchez-Kane has expressed a strong interest in the social creation of masculinities and the ways in which each presents itself in daily life. She addresses the role fashion plays in aiding these various gender identities or parts. Sánchez Kane’s designs retake everyday objects or pieces of clothing and analyze the associated historical connotations in order to understand and ultimately rebuild them imbued with new meaning. The outcome is the feminizing of masculinized objects, bodies, and symbols that neutralize their binary association and underscore their performative nature.
Script and Direction: Bárbara Sánchez-Kane
Creative Direction: Bárbara Sánchez-Kane
Creative Assistant: Aurelia Barajas
Director of Photography: Miguel Zetina
Assistant Director: Jurek Jablonicky
Drone: Wences López
Camera manager: Rigel García
Camera assistant: Rodrigo Trejo
Post production: Martha Esthela Maya González
Color correction: Cynthia White
Sound: Gustavo Martínez Velasco
Still photo: Audrey del Piccolo
Performers: Organización de Bandas de Guerra y Escoltas de Bandera A.C.
Costume design: Bárbara Sánchez-Kane
Costume production: Aurelia Barajas, Jaime Freyria Cortina, Yunque Fábrica de arte, Paulina García Cerna, Alejandro Reyna Gómez, Sara Valladares
Styling: Chino Castilla Jorge
Styling assistant: Fabrizio Obregon, Valerie Esses
Hair: Mariana Palacios
Makeup: Marielos Coronel
Make-up assistant: Paola Meléndez
Thanks: Adriana Schroeder, Angel