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.

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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.

Film by Yto Barrada
Producer: Sean Gullette
Editors: Maxwell Paparella & Kate Abernathy
Director of Photography: Steve Cossman
Animators: Steve Cossman & Yto Barrada
Foley Artists: Yto Barrada, Steve Cossman, Rachel Abernathy-Guma
Post-Production Sound: Filipe Messeder and Matthew Curry
Voice Coach for Yto Barrada: Alaina Ferris

Yto Barrada
Sanford Biggers
Allen Frame
Ashley Fure
Sean Gullette
Arana Hankin
Ishion Hutchinson
T. Geronimo Johnson
Peter Benson Miller

Special Thanks to Mounira Bouzid El Alami, The Amistad Research Center, The American Academy in Rome, Ashley Fure, Ruy Garcia, Victoria Mangianello, Pace Gallery, Elodie Pong, Nadja Zimmerman, Mono No Aware, Tamara Corm, and Jared Ellner.

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