Yto Barrada: Agadir
For her first major London commission, artist 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 sweeping form of the Curve is transformed with a dramatic installation – encompassing 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 has explored questions ranging from migration to abstraction, from fossils to botany, examining the strategies of resistance employed every day in her native Morocco.
Live performances* will take place on selected Saturdays – 10 & 24 February, 3 & 31 March, 21 & 28 April, 5 & 12 May.
Please note, the exhibition contains a film with scenes some viewers may find upsetting and language of an explicit nature within the sound installation and performances.