Yto Barrada was born in 1971 in Paris. She lives and works in New York and Tangier. French-Moroccan, she grew up in Tangier and Paris and studied anthropology and political sciences at the Sorbonne, where she employed photographs as working documents. Quickly recognising the importance that photography was assuming in her practice, Barrada decided to enrol on a programme at the International Center of Photography in New York. Her work interrogates the social and political context of life in Morocco, with a specific focus on the city of Tangier, where in 2006 she co-founded the Cinémathèque film cultural centre. In 2001 she organised a photography workshop in Tangier and Marseilles for children and adolescents in difficulty.
Previous exhibitions (selection)
A Life Full of Holes, Witte de With, Rotterdam (Netherlands)
Faux Guide, Carré d’Art, Nîmes (France)
Here and Elsewhere, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (United States)
Before Our Eyes: Other Cartographies of the Rif, MACBA, Barcelona (Spain)
Riffs, MACRO, Rome (Italy)