Yto Barrada (b. 1971) is a Moroccan-French artist recognized for her multidisciplinary investigations into cultural phenomena and historical narratives. Engaging with archival practices and public interventions, Barrada’s installations uncover lesser-known histories, reveal the prevalence of fiction in institutionalised narratives and celebrate everyday forms of reclaiming autonomy. 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’s work has won multiple awards, including the Roy R. Neuberger Prize (2019); the Tiger Award for Best Short Film at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (2016); the Abraaj Group Art Prize (2015); the Robert Gardner Fellowship in Photography (2013); and the Deutsche Guggenheim Artist of the Year (2011).
Barrada has held numerous solo exhibitions internationally, including those at the Neuberger Museum of Art, New York, USA (2019); LMCC’s Arts Center at Governor’s Island, New York, USA (2019); Casa Luis Barragan, Mexico City, Mexico (2019); Barbican, London, UK (2018); American Academy in Rome, Italy (2018); Secession Vienna, Austria (2016); The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada (2016); Carré d’Art, Nîmes, France (2015); The Serralves Foundation, Porto, Portugal (2015); and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA (2013).
Her work is held in the collections of, and has been exhibited at, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA; Tate Modern, London, UK; the Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA; the Deutsche Bank Collection Berlin, Germany; Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; the Walther Collection, Neu-Ulm, Germany and New York, USA; Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna, Austria; and the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal, Canada, among others.