Yto Barrada

Tree Identification for Beginners

Connelly Theater

220 E 4th Street

New York, NY 10009

$25, $15

In the turbulent summer of 1966, the artist’s mother, a 20-year old Moroccan student-socialist, was one of some fifty “Young African Leaders” invited on a State Department-sponsored propaganda tour of the USA. In this film, Barrada interweaves events of political history with her own family stories and myths. These "sediments of history" come together here through archives and reports, journals, and textiles. As in Barrada’s photography, films, sculptures, prints, textiles, and installations, this performance references ethnography, natural history, and archeology; catalogs personal objects and ephemera; and explores child-centered educational methods. This journey revisits the revolutionary potential of the Pan-African, Tricontinental, Black Power, and anti-Vietnam war movements.

Image credit: Yto Barrada, Tree Identification for Beginners, 2017. Photos © Paula Court. Courtesy of Performa.


Curated by Adrienne Edwards. Supported by the Ford Foundation, Performa Commissioning Fund, and Pace Gallery.

Director of Photography: Steve Cossman
Animator: Steve Cossman
Editor: Kate Abernathy

Special thanks to Amistad Research Center, Mounira Bouzid El Alami, Victoria Mangianello, The American Academy in Rome. Sean Gullette, Noemie Bablet, Mono No Aware, Tamara Corm, and Jared Ellner.

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