10 May-8 July. The American Academy in Rome presents The Dye Garden, an exhibition by acclaimed Franco-Moroccan multimedia artist Yto Barrada, from 10 May until 8 July.
The exhibition features new work by Barrada who is known for her exploration of the landscape, geology and botany of north Africa in the context of the colonial and postcolonial eras.
In her Rome exhibition Barrada traces the origins of the colours used in the natural dyes in tapestries and textiles, prior to the introduction of artificial dyes, uncovering a "complex set of exchanges linking East and West."
Her exhibition draws on the tapestries representing the triumphs of Roman general Scipio Africanus, Paul Klee’s “discovery” of abstraction in Tunisia, and gardens in Roman ruins.
The exhibition inauguration takes place on from 18.00-21.00 on 10 May, for details see AAR website.
Image: Yto Barrada Still from Tree Identification for Beginners, 2017 16mm, digital video, color, sound 36 minutes. A Performa 17 Commission for ‘Afroglossia’ curated by Adrienne Edwards © Yto Barrada, courtesy Pace Gallery; Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Hamburg, Beirut; and Galerie Polaris, Paris.