Yto Barrada

In The Magician (2003), a private display of illusions is presented in the courtyard of Mr El Hamri’s house in Tangier, including the apparition of ping-pong balls and white doves, swallowing razor blades, and an attempt to reproduce his difficult trick ‘How to Make a Chicken Go to Sleep (El sueno de un gallo)’.

"The hands of the magician are faster than the eyes of the spectator."

Abdelouahid El Hamri, aka Sinbad of the Straits.

1971 born in Paris, France and lives and works between Tangier, Morocco and New York, USA.

Yto Barrada grew up between Paris and Tangier, Morocco. She studied history and political science at the Sorbonne, and photography at the International Center of Photography in New York.

Her work — including photography, film, sculpture, prints and installations, — began by exploring the peculiar situation of her hometown Tangier.

Yto has 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. Yto 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).

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