Ahead of the closing of the exhibition, Yto Barrada: My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nougats, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art will host a virtual discussion as part of its ‘Mathaf Talk’ series between the artist and the curator of the solo exhibition ‘Laura Barlow’ on November 29.
The practice of Moroccan artist Yto Barrada draws upon the roles of activist, educator, architect, botanist and anthropologist to explore expressions of communality and individual being. The exhibition My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nougats at Mathaf focuses on the threads of regeneration and growth moving between architecture, urban transformation, horticulture, experimental education and home economics.
Yto Barrada in Conversation with Laura Barlow will provide illuminating insights into the different strands of thought and the presence of the parallel but distinct lives of those featured in Barrada’s exhibition. Yto Barrada: My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nougats, open from August 2 to November 30, features Mounira Bouzid, Barrada’s mother; the ethnologist and anthropologist Therese Riviere; and the Lebanese modernist Saloua Raouda Choucair.
The characters form part of the artist’s imagined and historical socio-political narratives that address ideas of decomposition and revival, related to the histories of political and colonial nation building, post-independence strategies of resistance, and their distinct formal realities.
“Yto Barrada is one of the most important artists of her generation. We look forward to her discussion with Laura Barlow, who curated a unique exhibition and edited its publication for Mathaf. As museum programmes go digital, this online discussion brings the audience closer to the artist’s stories and multiple collaborations that inspired her work, mostly developed in and around her hometown of Tangiers,” Mathaf director Abdellah Karroum said in a press statement.
Barrada, who lives and works between Tangier, Morocco, and New York City, is recognised for her multidisciplinary investigations into cultural phenomena and historical narratives. Engaging with archival practices and public interventions, Barrada’s installations uncover lesser-known histories, reveal the prevalence of fiction in institutionalised narratives and celebrate everyday forms of reclaiming autonomy.
She is the founder of Cinématheque de Tanger, a cultural centre that has become a landmark institution bringing the Moroccan community together to celebrate local and international cinema. The online talk will be held via Zoom from 6pm (Doha Time) on November 29. The event will be held in English with simultaneous Arabic translation.
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