Hailing from Tangier, Yto Barrada’s work about contemporary social and political issues in Morocco is getting a lot of attention here in Chicago.
Barrada’s show, Riffs, at the Renaissance Society explores the seemingly mundane aspects of the historical changes currently taking place in North Africa. Similarly, her work in Survival Techniques discusses these same political issues… but in a more satirical fashion. Using photographs, illustrations, diagrams, slogans, stories and games to comment on social and political issues in contemporary Morocco, Barrada pokes fun at the struggles the country faces in the eyes of globalization.
Riffs is on display at the Renaissance Society through April 22. Survival Techniques runs at the Museum of Contemporary Photography April 12 through July 1. Admission to both museums is free and open to the public.
About Yto Barrada
Born in France, Barrada grew up between Tangier and Paris, where she studied history and political science at the Sorbonne. After attending the International Center for Photography in New York and spending 16 years abroad, Barrada returned to Tangiers, where she continues to base her artwork on the cultural climate of the city. Recently, she had a solo exhibition at the Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, and also exhibited at the 2011 Venice Biennale.