Yto Barrada (b. 1971) is a Franco-Moroccan artist recognized for her multidisciplinary exploration of the geopolitics of migration and borders. Born in Paris and raised in Tangier, Barrada studied history and political science in Paris and photography in New York, returning to Tangier in the late 1990s to begin A Life Full of Holes: The Strait Project a photographic documentation of the Straight of Gibraltar’s political impact. Most of Barrada’s work since has focused on the obstacles faced by Africans seeking to access European soil in the wake of Schengen area’s construction. In 2006, she founded the Cinématèque deTanger, a non-profit reparatory cinema and archive.
Barrada’s solo exhibitions include the MASSMoCA, North Adams, MA (2021); the Arab Museum of ModernArt, Doha, Qatar (2020); Casa Luis Barragán, Mexico City (2019); the Aspen Art Museum, CO (2018); andthe Vienna Secession (2016). Her work may be found in many public collections including the Centre Pompidou, Paris; the François Pinault Foundation, Venice; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NewYork; the Museum Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo Internacional, Mexico City; and the Tate, London.
Red Palm, 2016
Steel structure with galvanised sheet metal and coloured electrical
On display on the ground floor.