Yto Barrada will be participating in Performa 17 through multiple performances and events during the month of November in New York. Tree Identification for Beginners is a performance commissioned for Performa 17, in which Barrada explores her mother's tour throughout the US in the summer of 1966 as part of a "Young African Leaders" program. Interweaving events of political history with her own family's stories and myths, Barrada uses archives and reports, journals, and textiles to bring together the "sediments of history." Tree Identification for Beginners touches upon many prominent themes in Barrada's artistic practice, as the performance "references ethnography, natural history, and archaeology; catalogs personal objects and ephemera; and explores child-centered educational methods." The performance will be staged on November 17, 18, and 19, at 7 PM at the Connelly Theater in New York. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.
In addition, Yto Barrada will be leading a tree identification walk through Prospect Park in Brooklyn on November 11, at 10 AM with educator Lisa Nett. This event is free and open to the public, for more information click here.
As part of Performa's AFROGLOSSIA Film Program, Yto Barrada has curated a selection of films which will be shown on November 12 at 3 PM at the Anthology Film Archives in New York. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.