Yto Barrada (Moroccan, French, b.1971, Paris) studied history and political science at the Sorbonne and photography in New York. Her work — including photography, film, sculpture, prints and installations, — began by exploring the peculiar situation of her hometown Tangier. Her work has been exhibited at Tate Modern (London), MoMA (New York), The Renaissance Society (Chicago), Witte de With (Rotterdam), Haus der Kunst (Munich), Centre Pompidou (Paris), Whitechapel Gallery (London), and the 2007 and 2011 Venice Biennale.

She was the Deutsche Bank Artist of the Year for 2011, after which her exhibit RIFFS toured widely. Barrada is also the founding director of Cinémathèque de Tanger. A comprehensive monograph was published by JRP Ringier in 2013. She is a recipient of the 2013-2014 Robert Gardner Fellowship in Photography (Peabody Museum at Harvard University) and was awarded the 2015 Abraaj Prize.

Barrada is represented by Pace Gallery (London), Sfeir-Semler Gallery (Beirut-Hamburg) and Galerie Polaris (Paris).

Yto Barrada
Yto Barrada
Paris, 1971

Current Exhibitions

Yto Barrada: Double Skin

Estancia FEMSA – Casa Luis Barragán

22 Jun — 08 Sep
French-Moroccan artist Yto Barrada is having her first solo exhibition in Latin America where she brings together new commissioned works.  In her practice, the artist deals with notions of aesthetic...

Past Exhibitions

The World on Paper

27/09/2018 — 07/01/2019

Yto Barrada Solo Show

Pace Gallery, Seoul
03/09/2018 — 31/10/2018

The Restless Earth

Triennale di Milano
28/04/2017 — 20/08/2017

Antarctic Pavilion

Palazzo Molin 11/05/2017 — 30/07/2017

Prix Marcel Duchamp 2016 – Les Nommés

Centre Pompidou
12/10/2016 — 30/01/2017

Solo Shows


Carré d’Art, Nimes, France
The Abraaj Group Art Prize, Art Dubai, UEA
The Serralves Foundation, Porto, Portugal
Yto Barrada, Pace Gallery, London, UK


PARLE POUR TOI, Marian Goodman, Paris, France


a courte échelle, Sfeir-Semler Gallery Hamburg, Germany
An Album: Cinématheque Tangier, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA
Yto Barrada, Studio Fotokino, Marseille, France

Group Shows


Gallery 3010, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
Lijnen, Brussels, Patrimone, Tangier, Morocco
Silvia Geddes Studio, Rome, Italy
Serravles, Porto, Portugal
19th Conetmporary Art Festival, SESC, VideoBrasil, S&atildeo Paolo Highline, New York, USA
Biennale, Lyon, France
When there is hope, Phototriennale 2015, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany
Poetics of Relation, Pérez Art Museum, Miami, USA
Atoplois – WIELS @ MONS2015, WIELS, Brussels, Belgium
Liberated Subjects: Present Tense, Foundation De 11 Lijnen, Oudenburg, Belgium
playing future, Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Germany
Crossovers – A Filmic Exploration Of History, Stories And Human Remains, Art Hub, Shanghai, China

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Paris Country of birth: France Date of birth: 1971 Lives in: Tangier