“Weather and Wordplay: Yto Barrada Interviewed by Cassie Packard,” Bomb Magazine, April 2022
About the Artist
Yto Barrada (b. 1971, Paris) is a Moroccan- French artist recognized for her multidisciplinary investigations of cultural phenomena and historical narratives. Engaging with the performativity of archival practices and public interventions, Barrada’s installations reinterpret social relationships, uncover subaltern histories, and reveal the prevalence of fiction in institutionalized narratives.
In 2006, Barrada founded the Cinémathèque de Tanger, the first art house theater to celebrate local and international cinema in Tangier.
Her work has been exhibited at Tate Modern, MoMA, The Met, the Renaissance Society, the Walker Art Center, Whitechapel Gallery, and the 2007 and 2011 Venice Biennales. Barrada has received multiple awards, including the Roy R. Neuberger Prize (2019); the Tiger Award for Best Short Film at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (2016); the Abraaj Group Art Prize, UAE (2015); Robert Gardner Fellowship in Photography (2013); and Deutsche Guggenheim Artist of the Year (2011).
Programming at MASS MoCA is made possible in part by the Barr Foundation, Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, Mass Cultural Council, and the Joe Thompson “Yes” Fund.
Tree Identification for Beginners (film still), 2017
16mm film, color, sound
Courtesy of the artist, Pace Gallery; Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut/ Hamburg; Galerie Polaris, Paris