Yto Barrada (b.1971, lives and works in New York, USA) works over a wide range of media including photography, sculpture, installations, textile and video. Her extensive series and project-based practice is rooted in the culture, landscape, economy and politics of her hometown of Tangiers, Morocco. She is the founder of Cinémathèque de Tanger, a cultural center that has become a landmark institution bringing the Moroccan community together to celebrate local and international cinema.
Barrada studied history and political science at the Sorbonne University, Paris, and photography at the International Center of Photography, New York. She held solo exhibitions at Mathaf, Doha (2020); the Barbican Center, London (2018); The Power Plant, Toronto (2016); the Secession, Vienna (2016); M Museum, Leuven (2016); the Serralves Museum, Porto (2015); and Carré d’Art, Nimes (2015). Her work has been included in recent exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum, New York; Tate Modern, London; MoMA, New York; Guggenheim, Berlin, Renaissance Society, Chicago; Wiels Art Center, Brussels ; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Museo de Sao Paolo; and the 2007 & 2011 Venice Biennales. Barrada’s work has won numerous awards including the Roy R. Neuberger Prize (2019), Tiger Award for short film (2016) and a nomination for the Prix Marcel Duchamp, Paris (2016), the Abraaj Group Art Prize (2015) and the Deutsche Guggenheim Artist of the Year award (2011).