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Yto Barrada

Tree Identification for Beginners

Texts by Mounira Bouzid, Adrienne Edwards
Design by Huber/Sterzinger

Yto Barrada’s Tree Identification for Beginners collects imagery and documentation relating to her mother’s first visit to the US in 1966 as part of the Operation Crossroads Africa program.

Archival materials, reproduced on newsprint, present a complex history and challenge accepted narratives through myth, autobiography, and structures of learning. Included are a voiceover script of Barrada’s mother recounting her experience—part of the performance and film of the same name—and an interview with the artist by curator Adrienne Edwards. In 2018, the publication won a Most Beautiful Swiss Books award from the Swiss Office of Culture.

Publication Details

Yto Barrada: Tree Identification for Beginners
Texts by Mounira Bouzid, Adrienne Edwards
Design by Huber/Sterzinger
Softcover
2017
199 Pages
11 1/2 x 9"

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Yto Barrada

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Tree Identification for Beginners extended Barrada’s practice of creating synchronously across various mediums, often centering her work in the dialogue between social, historical, and political machinations and family history.

Adrienne Edwards

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I believe the botanical term dormancy describes very well this state of restraint and pause until the time comes. I progress that way, I ruminate on the same things until they transform.

Yto Barrada

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Pace Publishing — Yto Barrada: Tree Identification for Beginners, Jan 1, 2017