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Yto Barrada @ Barbican Art Gallery
7 February 2018 - 20 May 2018
For her first major London commission, Yto Barrada weaves together personal narratives and political ideals to create a complex portrait of a city and its people in a state of transition. The Curve is transformed with a dramatic installation – Agadir, which encompasses a mural, film commission, 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. Barrada takes as her starting point a surreal text by Mohammed Khaïr-Eddine – Agadir (1967) – reflecting on the devastating earthquake of 1960 that destroyed much of the modernist Moroccan city. Barrada’s multimedia practice explores questions ranging from migration to abstraction, from fossils to botany, examining the strategies of resistance employed every day in her native Morocco.