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Yto Barrada – Riffs
The Show of the “Artist of the Year” Now at MACRO

With Riffs the Deutsche Guggenheim presented Yto Barrada’s poetic and politically committed work to a wide German public for the first time. Now the exhibition of Deutsche Bank’s “Artist of the Year” 2011 is on view at the Museo d'arte contemporanea Roma. After the premiere in Berlin, the show moved on to WIELS, Brussels, the Renaissance Society, Chicago, and the IKON Gallery in Birmingham. Before the exhibition tour ends at the Fotomuseum WinterthurRiffs is now being shown at one of Italy’s most renowned museums. With its futuristic architecture and ambitious contemporary art program, MACRO offers an ideal platform for the Moroccan artist’ show.

Yto Barrada is the second artist, after Kenyan-born, New York based Wangechi Mutu, to be honored as Deutsche Bank’s “Artist of the Year.” The Slovakian artist Roman Ondák was the third in 2012. Barrada’s photographs, films and installations revolve around the situation in her home city of Tangiers, which is also the focus of Riffs. “My nervous system is linked to this place,” says the artist, who was born in 1971. In her photographic works, Barrada approaches the city and shows its residents imprisoned in permanent state of waiting. Applying the same sensitivity with which she encounters the people in her pictures, she devotes herself to seemingly random details in her landscape and architectural photographs. Her photos can be read both as images of reality and as metaphors for social states. This ambivalence runs through her entire work. Yet there is one constant in Yto Barrada’s work: solidarity with the poor, the fragile, the people threatened with disappearance.

Yto Barrada: Riffs
Artist of the Year 2011
21 September 2012 –11 November 2012
MARCO, Rome, Italy

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