Yto Barrada (Moroccan, 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. Barrada's work has been exhibited at Tate Modern (London), MoMA (New York), Renaissance Society (Chicago), Witte de With (Rotterdam), Haus der Kunst (Munich), Guggenheim (Berlin), the Centre Pompidou (Paris), the Walker Art Centre (Minneapolis), Whitechapel Gallery (London), and the 2007 and 2011 Venice Biennales.
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. She is a recipient of the 2013-2014 Robert Gardner Fellowship in Photography (Peabody Museum at Harvard University), the 2015 Abraaj Group Art Prize and a 2016 Canon Tiger Award for Short Film. In 2016, she was nominated for the Marcel Duchamp Prize.
She lives and works in Tangier.