Yto Barrada: Agadir at Barbican Centre

The starting point for Yto Barrada's Agadir exhibition is the hybrid novel-play by Moroccan writer Mohammed Khaïr-Eddine – Agadir  (1967),  – which reflects on the devastating earthquake that destroyed much of the modernist city of Agadir, Morocco, in 1960. 

The exhibition which is a site specific installation inside the Curve at the Barbican Centre in London includes a mural, a new film commission, several sculptures, and a series of live and recorded performances.

The work weaves together personal narratives and political ideals, presenting a  omplex portrait of a city in transition, resonating with many of the challenges we face in contemporary society. It's an exhibition that looks at how a city and its people might address the process of reinvention following disaster.  

In this video, Yto Barrada talks to curator Lotte Johnson about the exhibition and how she uses collages, installations and performances to create a portrait of a city and its people in a state of transition. 

These are images of some of the works from. 

Jardin de quartier industriel (Industrial District Garden), Agadir, Morocco, by Jean Challet, 1960

Yto Barrada. Film still from Agadir, 2018 © Yto Barrada, courtesy Pace Gallery; Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Hamburg, Beirut; and Galerie Polaris, Paris

Yto Barrada. Film still from Hand-Me-Downs, 2011

Yto Barrada. Gran Royal Turismo, 2003

All images via Barbican Centre

Exhibition details:

Dates: 7th February - 20th May 2018

Venue: The Curve, Barbican Centre, London