Yto Barrada & Julie Klear
Once Upon a Forest, the Animal Spring

Opening Brunch: Sat, Mar 3, from 11am-12pm
Workshops: Sat, Mar 3 & Sat, Mar 17
Exhibition: Mar 3–Apr 6

FIAF Gallery

Exhibition • All Ages • Tilt Commission

In an imaginative new visual art exhibition, French-Moroccan multimedia artist Yto Barrada and American designer and art educator Julie Klear invite kids to create new worlds using colorful art pieces, to transform the FIAF Gallery into a moveable visual feast.

Turning buildings into forests, or cities into flowers, kids are encouraged to play, hide, and interact with the animals and landscapes, while changing things up through words, languages, and sounds. By moving pieces around and creating original artwork, the kids will have a unique opportunity to work together and use the power of art and words to change the world!

Animal Spring was originally created as an artful card game in four languages, English, French, Arabic, and Dutch, by the Wiels Contemporary Art Center in Brussels.

Free & open to the public

FIAF Gallery
22 East 60th Street,
New York, NY 10022

Gallery Hours
Mon-Fri: 11am-6pm
Sat: 11am-5pm


Protest Animals with Julie Klear

Sat, Mar 3, from 2–3pm

Kids (ages 5-10) are invited to create their own animal with the objective to choose an emotion, a protest, and to voice an opinion. Workshop will be led by artist Julie Klear.

Poetry as Protest with Amélie Gaulier

Sat, Mar 17, from 1–2pm

Kids (ages 5-10) are encouraged to create their own slogan, protest poster, catchphrase, or mantra. Workshop will be led by teaching artist Amélie Gaulier.


Workshops are free and open to all.

First-come, first-served.

Tinker Auditorium
55 East 59th Street,
New York, NY 10022

About the Artists

Yto Barrada
Brooklyn-based artist Yto Barrada studied history and political science at the Sorbonne and photography in New York. Her work— including photography, film, sculpture, prints and installations—began by exploring the peculiar situation of her hometown Tangier. Barrada’s work has been exhibited at Tate Modern, MoMA, The Met, Renaissance Society, Witte de With, the Walker Art Centre, Whitechapel Gallery (London), and the 2007 and 2011 Venice Biennales. She was the 2011 Deutsche Bank Artist of the Year, the 2013 Robert Gardner Fellow in Photography (Peabody Museum at Harvard University), the 2015 Abraaj Group Art Prize winner and shortlisted for the 2016 Marcel Duchamp Award. Barrada is also the founding director of the Cinémathèque de Tanger.

Julie Klear
With children as a central theme in her work, Julie Klear is an international art director, product designer, art educator, and children’s book illustrator. She was co-founder and creative director of Zid Zid Kids (2003-2016), an award-winning children’s brand of handmade toys and accessories distributed in 20+ countries. As an artist-art educator, she has created play spaces and workshops for children in galleries, museums and schools in the US, the Middle East, Europe and in Morocco. Collaborators include The US Embassy, The British Council, Bahrain Ministry for Families, Wiels Museum Belgium, Marrakech Biennale, Cinémathèque du Tangier, Four Seasons Hotel, Royal Mansour Hotel, Selman Hotel, Louis Vuitton, Art Dubai, among others. In 2016, she launched Zid Zid, a new digital venture focused on the first play-based language learning platform for preschoolers.