Yto Barrada: Agadir Catalogue
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Yto Barrada: Agadir Catalogue


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This illustrated publication accompanies Yto Barrada's solo exhibition in the Barbican's Curve gallery.

For her first major London commission, Yto Barrada transforms the sweeping form of the Curve with a dramatic site-specific installation – including a mural, a new film commission, several sculptures, and a series of live and recorded performances – to consider how a city and its people might address the process of reinvention following disaster. She takes as her starting point the hybrid novel-play by Moroccan writer Mohammed Khaïr-Eddine Agadir (1967) which reflects on the devastating earthquake that destroyed much of the modernist city of Agadir, Morocco, in 1960. Weaving together personal narratives and political ideals, Barrada presents a complex portrait of a city in transition. Yto Barrada: Agadir opens in the Curve on Wednesday 7 February 2018.

Over the past two decades, Barrada’s multimedia practice has explored questions ranging from migration to abstraction, from fossils to botany. She examines the strategies of resistance employed every day in her native Morocco and traces the ‘hidden transcripts’ of objects and people in her work, guiding us through the overlapping realities and fictions of these narratives.

Alongside installation views and images of past works, this new publication will comprise of a text by exhibition curator Lotte Johnson and a conversation between Yto Barrada and renowned architect and historian Jean-Louis Cohen.

The book is the seventh in a new publication series by Barbican Art Gallery that focuses on the Curve exhibition programme.

Design: Zak Group
25 colour illustrations
Hardback, 48 pages
Dimensions: 24cm x 17cm

Image © Yto Barrada, courtesy Pace Gallery; Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Hamburg, Beirut; and Galerie Polaris, Paris

Please note that cover image is subject to change.