London, 5 June 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA).
The Pace London Gallery is displaying an exhibition by Moroccan artist Yto Barrada until 14 July 2012. This exhibition marks the first time that display Barrada’s work has been displayed in a gallery in the United Kingdom. Most of the works on display have never before been put on public display.
Yto Barrada, born in 1971, lives and works in Tangier. The town is a key source of inspiration for her work and a major topic in her career. The exhibition entitled “Mobilier Urbain” is a set of sculptures and photographs examining the relationship between uncontrolled urban development, botanical landscape, and the subtle forms of resistance. Gran Turismo royale is a small model of a somewhat sombre town welcoming the arrival of a political dignitary. When a convoy of black Mercedes emerges from a tunnel, palm trees sprout from the ground, pavements and paper walls reveal freshly painted surfaces. The town iss transformed for the eyes of the officials. The recurring motif in Barrada’s work is the tree and especially the palm tree, both a co-opted icon of exoticism and a pawn in the game of urban planning.
Yto Barrada was appointed Deutsche Bank Artist of the Year for 2011 thanks to her Riffs work, on display at the Renaissance Society of Chicago until 8 July. She has displayed her project on the Strait of Gibraltar at the Antoni Tàpies Foundation in Barcelona, then at the Witte de With in Rotterdam, at the galerie nationale du Jeu de paume in Paris 2006, at the Villa Médicis in Roma, at L’appartement 22 in Rabat in 2010, and at the MoMA in New York. She is represented by the Polaris Gallery in Paris and by the galerieofmarseille.
Since 2006, Barrada has been the director and co-founder of the Cinémathèque de Tangier.