Yto Barrada / Faux Guide / Toronto


Yto Barrada
Faux Guide
Solo show
October 15, 2016 – January 2, 2017
The Power Plant, Toronto




The Power Plant presents a solo exhibition of Yto Barrada featuring her new body of work Faux Guide (2015-ongoing), in which the artist explores the Moroccan fossil and mineral trade.




Yto Barrada’s solo exhibition at The Power Plant continues her recent work around fossil evidence, paleontology, museology and natural history in Morocco. Millions of years ago, today’s Sahara desert was a tropical paradise covered in vegetation, lakes, and a river as wide as the Danube and full of fish ten feet long. Today, the now arid space between Morocco’s Atlas Mountains and the Sahara desert are home to a hardscrabble cottage industry of excavating, preparing, forging and selling fossils.


The exhibition is accompanied by the artist’s book, A Guide to Fossils for Forgers and Foreigners, available in three languages and published by Walther König, Cologne and co-produced by Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Porto; Carré d’art – Musée d’art contemporain, Nîmes; and The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto.


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