yto barrada was born in paris in 1971 and grew up in tangier, morocco. she studied history and political science at the sorbonne and photography in new york. her work — ranging across photographs, films, publications, installations and sculptures — engages with the peculiar situation of her hometown tangier. exhibitions of her work have been shown at the tate modern, the renaissance society, witte de with, moma, the centre pompidou, whitechapel gallery, the walker art center in minneapolis and the 2007 and 2011 venice biennale. she was the deutsche bank artist of the year for 2011 after which her exhibit riffs toured widely. she is the 2013 recipient robert gardner fellowship in photography. harvard university, and recently won the abraaj group art prize 2015 and has a nomination for the upcoming prix marcel duchamp in paris. barrada is the founding director of cinémathèque de tanger and a member of the arab image foundation, beyrouth. her first monograph was published by jrp ringier in summer 2013.