|Name Yto Barrada|
Ex-spouse Sean Gullette
|Parents Hamid Barrada|
Role Visual artist
|Books A life full of holes, Memory, Place, Desire: Contemporary Art of the Maghreb|
Children Vega Gullette, Tamo Jasmin Ada Gullette
Similar People Sean Gullette, Andree Sfeir‑Semler, Mounir Fatmi, Kader Attia, Guy Tillim
Interview with yto barrada db artist of the year 2011
Yto Barrada (born 1971) is a French multimedia visual artist living and working in Tangier, Morocco and New York City. With producer Cyriac Auriol, she is artistic director and co-founder of the Cinémathèque de Tanger since 2006. She is also a member of the Beirut-based Arab Image Foundation.
- Interview with yto barrada db artist of the year 2011
- Early life and education
- Selected exhibitions
Early life and education
Barrada was born in Paris and raised in Tangier, Morocco. She is the daughter of French journalist Hamid Barrada. She studied history and political science at the Sorbonne in Paris and photography at the International Centre of Photography, New York.
In 1998 Barrada began a work she titled the Strait Project, describing the static and transitory life of her hometown of Tangier. Her photographs depict a city where thousands of immigrants attempt to make the illegal and perilous journey across the Strait.
Barrada created a book, A Life Full of Holes – The Strait Project, whose title was taken from a story told by Larbi Layachi. It was published by Autograph ABP in 2006. Also in 2006, Barrada was awarded the first Ellen Auerbach Award in Berlin.
Barrada presented a number of exhibitions of photography and video, including Witte de With (Rotterdam), Fundaciò Tàpies (Barcelona), Jeu de Paume (Paris), Haus der Kunst (Munich), the Kitchen (New York), the MoMA (San Francisco and New York), Bonner Kunstverein, Modern Art Oxford, and Centre Pompidou, the 2007 and 2011 Venice Biennale "The world belongs to you at the Pallazio Grassi].
Her 2007 work, Iris Tingitana, showed the meeting of the botanical and urban landscapes, and Flowers, illustrates the effect of the monocultural vision of planners and developers on the fast-growing edges of the city.
In 2011, she was awarded Artist of the year 2011 by the Deutsche Bank and in April 2011, she had a solo exhibition untitled Riffs at the Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin (2011), that was scheduled to open in September in Wiels, Bruxelles, and next June in Ikon, Birmingham.
Barrada published "RIFFS" with Hatze Kantz and the limited edition A Guide to Trees for Governors and Gardeners with the Deutsche Guggenheim. A monograph on her work was published by JRP Ringier in 2013, with texts from Marie Muracciole, Juan Goytisolo, and a photographic essay by Jean-François Chevrier.
The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota exhibited "Album: Cinématèque Tangier, a project by Yto Barrada" from November 21, 2013 to May 18, 2014.
In 2016 Barrada presented an exhibition at The Power Plant in Toronto, Ontario, depicting issues and images of post-colonial Morocco.