Artist Yto Barrada was born in Paris in 1971 and grew up in Tangier. She studied history and political science at the Sorbonne (Paris) and photography at the International Centre of Photography (New York). Barrada is co-founder and Director of Cinémathèque de Tanger, North Africa's first cinema cultural center, which opened in 2005.
Barrada was awarded Artist of the year 2011 by the Deutsche Bank and in April 2011, she had a solo exhibition untitled Riffs at the Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin (2011), that will open in September in Wiels, Bruxelles, and next June in Ikon, Birmingham.
Other recent exhibitions include Witte de With (Rotterdam), Haus der Kunst (Munich), the Kitchen (New York), the SFMoMA (San Francisco), Bonner Kunstverein, Modern Art Oxford, and Centre Pompidou and the 2007 and 2011 Venice Biennales.
A monograph on the work of Yto Barrada will be published by JRP Ringier in 2012, with texts from Marie Muracciole, Juan Goytisolo, and a photographic essay by Jean-François Chevrier.