The Telephone Books (or the Recipe Books) fig. 1-8, 2010

Yto Barrada
The Telephone Books (or the Recipe Books) fig. 1-8, 2010
Colour C-print
7 black and white silver gelatine prints
150 x 120 cm each
Installation view
Courtesy of the Artist
Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut/Hamburg and Polaris, Paris
Produced by Sharjah Art Foundation
Photo by Alfredo Rubio


In her photography, films, sculpture, prints and installations, Yto Barrada examines the political and social realities of life in Morocco. Her work has addressed Moroccan migration to Europe, the increasing homogenisation of Tangier and disparities in power and wealth between the government and the governed.

Barrada’s work has been shown in both solo and group exhibitions at Sharjah Biennial 13 (2017); M – Museum Leuven, Belgium (2016); Portikus, Frankfurt am Main (2016); Secession, Vienna (2016); Beirut Art Centre (2016); Marrakech Biennale 6 (2016); 19th Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil, São Paulo (2015); New Museum, New York (2014); 13th Istanbul Biennial (2013); Fotomuseum Winterthur, Zürich (2012); Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago (2012); Sharjah Biennial 10 (2011); Haus der Kunst, Munich (2010); Nottingham Contemporary, UK (2010); Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2009) and Manarat Al Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi (2009), among others. Her works are part of public collections at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York and Tate Modern, London.

She was the recipient of the Tiger Award for the Best Short Film, Rotterdam Film Festival (2016); Abraaj Group Art Prize (2015); Robert Gardner Fellowship in Photography, Peabody Museum, Harvard University (2013) and Deutsche Bank Artist of the Year (2011). She was also shortlisted for the Marcel Duchamp Award (2016).

Barrada is the founding director of the Cinémathèque de Tanger. She studied history and political science at the Sorbonne, Paris and photography in New York.

Born in 1971 in Paris, she currently lives and works in Tangier and New York.

This person was part of Sharjah Biennial 10 and 13