press release

Beaux Gestes is a dual-venue exhibition that features many of the artist’s most recent photographs and video installations.

The work of Yto Barrada addresses the complex geopolitical relationship between Morocco and Europe, emphasizing its often adverse social, psychological, and economic effects on Morocco’s citizenry while foregrounding the people’s resourcefulness and ingenuity. Combining documentary strategies with a metaphoric approach to imagery, she has created a compelling body of work that inquires into the daily traces of the significant changes currently taking place in North Africa. In particular, she engages with the circumstances of her hometown of Tangier, situated on the Strait of Gibraltar and transformed into a dead end since the 1991 Schengen agreement in Europe. These circumstances elicit actions from the city’s inhabitants that may be seen as beautiful, if often futile.

Yto Barrada was born in 1971 in Paris and currently divides her time between Tangier, Morocco, and New York. She studied political science at the Sorbonne (Paris) and photography at the International Center of Photography (New York). As Deutsche Bank’s 2011 Artist of the Year, she received a major travelling exhibition titled Riffs; most recently, she exhibited her work at the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), the Whitechapel Gallery (London) and the Museum of Modern Art (New York). The cofounder of the Cinémathèque de Tanger, she received the 2015 Abraaj Group Art Prize. She is represented by Galerie Sfeir Semler (Hamburg/Beirut) and Galerie Polaris (Paris).