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Published: 30 May 2020

By Andy Ross

Yto Barrada

Moroccan artist, Yto Barrada, uses film, print, sculpture and performance to convey messages about identity, race and politics, as well as family reflections. Her work often references the textile traditions in her own family, including natural dyeing of fabrics. 

In Dye Garden, Yto viewed the geology and botany of North Africa through her background, family history and colonisation of the area - You can read more about the show here. - while Tree Identification for Beginners used Montessori toys to explore the relationship between the USA and Africa where "otherness" influences the dialogue. The latter art work includes a beautiful textile - a handmade curtain with appliqued motifs, used as a stage curtain in the performance.