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Bocanegra, 2007

Bocanegra is a room-filling multi-channel video installation divided into four sections. For it, Okón collaborates with a group of Third Reich fans, an odd amalgam of true fascists, World War II history buffs, fetishists, and weekend hobbyists. The title refers to a street in Mexico City where they hold weekly meetings and that is coincidentally named after the Mexican National anthem’s author. Okón gained their trust and they agreed to collaborate in a series of orchestrated situations, which were recorded on video.

Bocanegra: A Walk In the Park, consists of five flat-screens set up in the shape of a pentagon, surrounding the viewer with images of group members wearing their original antique uniforms, parading in goose-step around a local park, their march trapped in a never-ending loop, headed nowhere.

Bocanegra: The Salute, includes seven 10” monitors placed on the floor, where all the members of the group salute the camera Nazi style.

Bocanegra: The Movie, is written and directed by Manolo, a member of the group, and produced by Okón. The resulting short movie, played on a monitor and titled Masturbanfuhrer, is about a character (Ejaculhector) who is sexually aroused by the mere look of Hitler's portrait.

Bocanegra: The Gathering, is a large projection where the group celebrates their march with drinks at their weekly meeting. Besides performing bomb evacuations, allegiance ceremonies and songs in broken German, as they get drunker and drunker they forget their fictional roles and begin to discuss their ideas and beliefs only to find out they disagree on most points. The evening ends in fighting and crying.



Video Installation.
Multichannel in 4 parts:

Bocanegra: A Walk in the Park.
Five 40-inch LCD monitors arranged in a pentagon.
Duration: 4:18 minutes, loop.

Bocanegra: The Salute.
Seven 10-inch monitors positioned vertically and aligned on the floor.
Duration: 5 seconds, each.

Bocanegra: The Movie.
Duration: 6:42 minutes, loop.
Dimensions: variable.

Bocanegra: The Gathering.
Projection.
Duration: 8:48 minutes, loop.
Dimensions: variable.