On the evenings of April 6th and 7th, 2022, Bárbara Sánchez- Kane presented her new collection Sánchezkaneismo at the gallery. Her new collection combined elements of opera, mise en scene, and performance in a hybrid fashion show. Sánchezkaneismo represents a comprehensive view of the artist’s symbolic universe while encompassing various explorations that she has undertaken since the beginning of her brand: the development of performance in fashion and her vision of the future as a personal and social analysis.
For this presentation Sánchez-Kane created more than twenty characters that reflect upon the interests that she has integrated into her practice as both a fashion designer and a visual artist. Her imagery incorporates objects associated with Mexicanness, such as the machete, tribal boots, military uniforms, logos of government institutions or private companies, wrestler masks and the signature calla lilies, among many others. Sánchez-Kane weaves these symbols into her garments, either explicitly or as subtle details and evocations.
La Casa del Macho Sentimental, another name with which she refers to her fashion brand, reflects a clear desire to erase the lines that separate the masculine and feminine, and reconstruct alternate identities through her clothes. For this collection, the designer proposes to break with the dynamics of the fashion industry by creating clothes that do not respond to the demands of seasonal collection presentations and the voracious consumption of fast fashion. Instead, Sánchezkaneismo follows the chronology of its eponymous fashion label, examining the breadth of its creations from its first collection until now.
Creating a bridge between Mexican idiosyncrasy and futurism, Sánchezkaneismo offers a mise en scene where drones on the prowl coexist with a singing man from the future who recites a score by Sánchez-Kane. Other characters make up a multitude of object-bodies that flaunt new hybrids: a trophy-man, fleshy hair, a wrestler mask-dress, a chap-thong, bank logo-buckles and an ever-present plastic bucket. Each new crossbreed in this collection builds on the genealogy of the fashion house, borrowing from what has been learned throughout its history. The unclassifiable presentation takes from the varied worlds where Sánchez-Kane's identity has developed, bringing together distant symbols and unlikely pairings that push the bounds of gender norms.