Swiss Award for Yto Barrada’s Book

Swiss Award for Yto Barrada’s Book

Pace Gallery announced that Yto Barrada’s “Tree Identification for Beginners” was awarded as one of the Most Beautiful Swiss Books of 2018 by the Swiss Office of Culture.

“The publication, consisting of colored newspaper with a red-and-white softcover, documents and contextualizes a performance by the Moroccan artist in a highly illuminating way. Commissioned for the 2017 Performa Biennial in New York, Barrada’s performance mirrors the first trip to America made by the artist’s mother in 1966. The documentation and presentation in ‘Tree Identification for Beginners’ offer an outstanding reflection of Barrada’s creative practice, with fascinating discoveries to be made on almost every page,” the gallery said in a release.

Barrada, born in Paris in 1971, combines the strategies of the documentary film with the metaphorical approach to imagery in her photographic, installation, and sculptural work. “Engaging with the performativity of archival practices and public interventions, Barrada’s installations reinterpret social relationships, uncover subaltern histories, and reveal the prevalence of fiction in institutionalized narratives,” the gallery noted.

Her work is held in the collections of Centre Pompidou, Paris; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and Tate, London. She won the inaugural Ellen Auerbach Award in Berlin in 2006, was named Deutsche Bank Artist of the Year in 2011, won the Abraaj Group Art Prize in 2015, and was awarded the 2019 Roy R. Neuberger Prize. 

The prize includes a special exhibition, “The Dye Garden,” held at the Neuberger Museum of Art in 2019 and is the artist’s premiere presentation of the work in the United States, following its first showing at the American Academy in Rome in 2018. 

Founder: Louise Blouin 


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