“Yto Barrada”

Yto Barrada awarded the seventh Abraaj Group Art Prize

The photographer Yto Barrada has been awarded the seventh Abraaj Group Art Prize. The artist is to receive $100,000 and has the opportunity to present one of her works at the Art Dubai fair running from 18 until 21 March 2015. Yto Barrada is a Franco-Moroccan photographer who was raised in Tangiers, Morocco. It was Jean-Marc Tingaud who introduced her to photography before she left for France to study History and Politics at the Sorbonne. She then went on to continue her studies at the International Centre of Photography in New York. Barrada’s work has been exhibited at the Antoni Tàpies Foundation, Barcelona; at Witte de With, Rotterdam; the Jeu de Paume, Paris; L’appartement 22, Rabat; the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Villa Médicis, Rome. In 2006 she was the Laureate at the Academy of Arts, Berlin. She has also initiated the Cinémathèque de Tanger project and is currently represented by the Polaris gallery, Paris and the Galerieofmarseille in...

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Odile Decq and Yto Barrada at the Museum of Natural History

Paris, 15 October 2012. Art Media Agency (AMA). On the occasion of FIAC Hors les Murs, held from 17 to 19 October, the Museum of Natural History-Jardin des Plantes in Paris presents an exhibition of Odile Decq and Yto Barrada. Two artists are represented by the Polaris Gallery and on the occasion cooperate with Galerie of Marseilles. Odile Decq exhibits the serie ATOM and takes over the Museum’s space in order to propose a reflexion about the notion of passage. ATOM is an group of nest boxes designed for migratory birds which are confronted with the Museum’s showcases. Through the scholarly comparison between man and bird, the artist questions the notion of identity, nationality, and brings forward social problems such as the situation of illegal immigrants, workers, students willing to enter French territory and getting no answer. Yto Barrada, on the other hand, presents the installation Études prepared for the African Museum of Dinosaurs. The 20th century witnessed rough exploitation and traffic of African fossils. The artist’s project is intended to redraw the prehistoric landscape of Northern Africa and rises questions about geological heritage, creating tools as well as educational games for the African Museum of Natural History, yet to open in...

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Odile Decq and Yto Barrada for the “FIAC Hors les murs”

Paris, 11 October 2012. Art Media Agency (AMA). From 17 October through 19 November 2012, the Polaris Gallery will present installations by Odile Decq and Yto Barrada, on occasion of the “FIAC hors les murs”, in partnership with the Galerie of Marseille. These works will be displayed at the Museum of Natural History, the Ménagerie, the Great Greenhouses and the Jardin des Plantes. This is the second year the FIAC is thus presenting contemporary works within a historical Parisian space. In her series ATOM, Odile Decq combines one of her favourite themes, the frontier, with the material that most inspires her: architecture. Odile Decq built her installations with a direct reference to the animal environment of the Museum of Natural History and the Jardin des Plantes – in her works birds have a most important place. A symbol of movement, migration and freedom, the bird is comparable to 21st century emigrant man, proving difficulty to settle on the French territory, whether he be an illegal immigrant, a worker or a...

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“Six Lines of Flights” at SFMOMA

San Francisco, 26 July 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA). The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) is organising the exhibition “Six Lines of Flights: Shifting Geographies in Contemporary Art”, which will be running from 15 September to 31 December 2012. The international and collective exhibition will bring together artists from six different cities around the world – cities which have become major art centres and an intercultural platform for artists. Selected artists come from Beyrouth, in Lebanon, Cali, in Colombia, Cluj, in Romania, Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, San Francisco in California, and from Tangier in Morocco. Although these cities may not necessarily have the same artistic influence as larger cities such as Berlin, London, and New York, and also do not host any fairs, biennials, and international salons, they nevertheless have a regional influence thanks to their active art communities, which put them well on their way to becoming hubs for international exchange. This way, the exhibition features the production, perspectives, and models of the six cities. The exhibition’s title was inspired by French philosophers such as Deleuze and Guattari – the latter having invented the term “ligne de fuite” (“line of flight), which refers to the different paths leading to new connections, experiences, and knowledge. “Six Lines of Flights” will bring together artists, from different horizons, established in the cultural scene of each city, while also examining the artistic energy and links created during the 21st century. The exhibition will feature artists Yto Barrada, Tiffany Chung, Wilson Diaz, Future Farmers, Adrian Ghenie, Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Helena Producciones, Lamia Joreige, Dinh Q. Lê, Victor Man, Oscar Muñoz, Ciprian Muresan, Luis Ospina, Hélice Group, Jalal Toufic and Graziella, and Akram Zaatari, in a geographical...

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Yto Barrada in London

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...

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