Mar 18th 2012

Yto Barrada: Riffs

@ The Renaissance Society

5811 S Ellis Ave, 4th Floor Chicago, IL 60637

Opening Sunday, March 18th, from 4PM - 7PM

On view through Sunday, April 22nd

The Renaissance Society presents a solo exhibition, “Riffs”, from Tangier-based artist Yto Barrada. The opening reception will be from 4:00 to 7:00 pm featuring a talk with the artist from 5:00 to 6:00 pm in Kent Hall, Room 107.

For her Midwest museum debut, Tangier-based artist Yto Barrada will exhibit “Riffs”, an installation of photographs and films that inquire into the daily traces of historical changes taking place in North Africa, the artist’s home. Barrada, who is Deutsche Bank’s Artist of the Year 2011, has developed an artistic practice which combines the strategies of documentary with a metaphoric approach to imagery, resulting in a body of work lauded for its emblematic power. The installation which was previously on view at the Deutsche Guggenheim in Berlin draws from past bodies of Barrada’s work, including “A Life Full of Holes: The Strait Project” (1998-2004) and “Iris Tingitana” (2007), reconfiguring them in new relationships together with the artist’s most recent work.

Barrada (b. 1971, Paris) grew up between Tangier and Paris, where she studied history and political science at the Sorbonne. She subsequently attended the International Center of Photography in New York. After sixteen years abroad, she returned home to Tangiers where she continues to engage the complex realities around her, avoiding the rigidity of any ideological discourse, and without recourse to the spectacular or the melodramatic. In addition to her recent solo exhibit at the Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, a partnership between Deutsche Bank and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, she also exhibited at the 2011 Venice Biennale.

This exhibition is realized in cooperation with Deutsche Bank. Yto Barrada is Deutsche Bank’s Artist of the Year 2011. Riffs has been curated by Friedhelm Hütte, Deutsche Bank Global Head of Art, co-curator, Marie Muracciole.

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