Following the trope of holes and blanks, Yto Barrada focuses not so much on her subjects themselves as on the traces they leave. Her exhibitions often include ‘ready‐ made’ found objects or daily things overlooked by others, which become iconic in the complex stories she spins. Sample books are relics of a consumer society of the past: they have disappeared almost entirely from commerce today. Perhaps their last redoubt is the household textiles business. As Barrada sees them, old sample books not only hold a distinctive aesthetic appeal, they also speak to the histories of manufacturing and distribution, of economic structures and the hierarchies between producers, wholesalers, and retailers.