Mathaf to host online talk to mark closing of artist’s exhibition

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Mathaf to host online talk to mark closing of artist’s exhibition
Renowned Moroccan artist Yto Barrada will be in conversation with Curator Laura Barlow to explore solo exhibition’s themes.

Ahead of the closing of the exhibition, Yto Barrada: My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nougats, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art is to host a virtual discussion, as part of its ‘Mathaf Talk’ series, between the artist and the curator of the solo exhibition, Laura Barlow,on 29 November. 
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 Nougat at Mathaf, focuses on the threads ofregeneration 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 2 August – 30 November, features Mounira Bouzid, Barrada’s mother; the ethnologist and anthropologist Thérèse Rivière; 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.
Abdellah Karroum, Director of Mathaf, said: “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 andedited its publication for Mathaf. As museum programs 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.”
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 Cinémathèque de Tanger, a cultural centre that has become a landmark institution bringing the Moroccan community together to celebrate local and international cinema.