Yto Barrada was born in 1971 in Paris. She studied history and political sciences at the Sorbonne before attending the International Center of Photography in New York. Her work encompasses photography, sculpture and installation, and investigates the pecularities of her country of origin. Although she was born in Paris, Barrada has Moroccan origins. In her work she always tries to portray Morocco in a lucid way, throwing light on unexpected aspects of the country and the city of Tangiers. Her own personal story enables her to construct a very particular narrative about the economic and urban development of Morocco and about the country’s complicated relationship with Europe. Barrada belongs to the Arab Image Foundation, the Arab world’s only image archive, and she directs the Cinémathèque in Tangier, of which she is the co-founder, which aims to develop cinematographic culture in Morocco.
Exhibitions dedicated to her work include those held at the Musée d’Art Contemporain in Nimes, France (2015), Serralves Museum, Porto (2015) and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2013). His work was shown at Palazzo Grassi in the exhibition ‘The World Belongs to You’ (2011-12).