Yto Barrada, Untitled (Unruly Objects. Thérèse Rivière Mission © musée du quai Branly Jacques Chirac)', 2016. 24 slides.
The starting point for Yto Barrada’s project is the unique and tragic figure of Thérèse Rivière. In the 1930s, the French ethnologist traveled to Algeria, to the Aurès mountains, to study the Berber Chaouis people.
Yto Barrada (Paris, 1971) is a Franco-Moroccan artist whose work is heavily influenced by narratives of history and identities, especially that of Morocco, in its relationship with the colonial and post-colonial past, a geography where the South and East converge in their relationship with the West.
The artist presents a set of works at the Project Space, some which have never been seen before, that explore and pursue her interest in the unique and ‘tragic’ historic figure of the French ethnologist Thérèse Rivière (Paris, 1901-1970).
(Photo: Courtesy of the artist.)