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Bárbara Sánchez-Kane is part of the 60th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia

Stranieri Ovunque – Foreigners Everywhere 
curated by Adriano Pedrosa
Giardini and Arsenale
April 20 — November 24, 2024

Bárbara Sánchez-Kane deconstructs and dissects notions of masculinity through fashion, performance, sculpture and painting. In Prêt-à-Patria Bárbara Sánchez-Kane designs and creates a new military uniform and orchestrates a performance that results in a video an sculptural installation. Taking its title from the French fashion term prêt-à-porter (ready-to-wear) with the Spanish word patria (homeland), the work alters the military image of the state to comment on the hegemonic symbols of masculinity and power it puts forward. 

Based on the militia ritual of safeguarding and honouring the national flag known in Mexico as Escolta de Bandera (flag escort), the performance features a group of men who practice this ceremony wearing Sánchez-Kane's version of the military uniform with an open back exposing fitted lace lingerie. Juxtaposing masc and femme garments on the bodies of military men, Prêt-à-Patria presents itself as a salacious and sardonic take on Mexican nationalism, state reverence, and its violent indocrination of identities. 


itinerary performance 
april 17, 19 & 20 

10:30—12:30 pm & 2—4 pm 
arsenale, venice 


+ about Bárbara Sánchez-Kane

Ana SegoviaWangShui are also part of the 60th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia.