In the Carpet | Über den Teppich

Yto Barrada: untitled (realised in cooperation with the Darnas weaving workshop for women), 2014; hand-woven wool, 172 x 195 cm; © courtesy of the artist and the Sfeir-Semler Gallery Hamburg / Beirut
Yto Barrada: untitled (realised in cooperation with the Darnas weaving workshop for women), 2014; hand-woven wool, 172 x 195 cm; © courtesy of the artist and the Sfeir-Semler Gallery Hamburg / Beirut

Yto Barrada (*1971, Paris) lives in New York and concentrates in her art on exploring the city of Tangier. She analyses the architecture, history and culture of the city, researches the archaeological foundations of its cultural identity, and thereby undertakes a project in which she presents various points of overlap between these different fields of research. The carpet shown in the exhibition, Barradas, was made in this sense as a total work of art, in the production of which various phases of observation, exploration and the learning of new practices are literally woven. This process of intensive appropriation brings different cultural, geographical and temporal axes together in the work of the artist. The formal idioms of the carpet also show links to classical modernist art and to the traditional weaving practices of Moroccan master artisans. 

2016
Prix Marcel Duchamp
Yto Barrada, Museum M, Leuven 
Faux Guide, The Power Plant and RIC, Toronto
The Sample Book, Secession, Vienna
Faux Guide, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut
Manifesta 11, Zurich
Not New Now, Marakech Biennale 6, Marrakech
Playgrounds, MASP São Paulo
Between Myth and Fright. The Mediterranean as conflict, Institut Valencia d'art Modern, Valencia
A History. Art, Architecture, Design from the 1980 until Today, Centre Pompidou, Paris
Scenes for a New Heritage: Contemporary Art from the Collection, Museum of Modern Art, New York

2015
Faux Guide, Carré d'Art, Nîmes
The Abraaj Group Art Prize, Art Dubai
Salon Marocain, The Serralves Foundation, Porto
Poetics of Relation, Perez Center Art Museum, Miami
When there is Hope, Kunsthalle Hamburg

2014
Here and Elsewhere, New Museum, New York
Before your Eyes: Other Cartographies of the Rif, Museu d’Art Centemporain de Barcelona

2013
Casablanca Chandigarh 2013, Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal
Provincetown International Film Festival, Cape Cod, Massachusetts

2012
Riffs, Fotomuseum Winterthur; MACRO, Rom; Riffs, Pace Gallery, London; Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, Chicago; Wiels, Brüssel; Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin

2011
ILLUMInazioni, 54th Venice Biennial
Women Artists in the Collection of the National Modern Art Museum, Centre Pompidou, Paris

2010
Yto Barrada, Centre de la Photographie, Genève

Amina Agueznay: Draa ala draa, variations on a Menchar motive, 2016; wool, 50 x 50 cm;  © Amina Agueznay, courtesy of the artist
Anonymous: Zemmour, Middle Atlas, about 1940, wool and cotton, 175 x 111 cm; © Rabii Alouani Bibi collection
Taysir Batniji: Hannoun, 1972-2009; performance / installation, crayon chippings; colour photograph / inkjet print on paper, 150 x 100 cm; designed and realised at the ‘Palestine c/o Venice’ exhibition at the 53th Venice Biennial, 2009; © courtesy of
Anni Albers: Black White Grey, 1927; tapestry, silk and cotton, 155 x 120 cm; Neues Museum Nuremberg; © on loan from the city of nuremberg, The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, © (Anni Albers) VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016, photo: Neues Museum Nuremberg (A.
Saâdane Afif: La Leçon de géométrie: the motive (C3_p002) / prototype, 2015; knotted wool, 134 x 200 cm, carbon print on paper, on sandwich panel, 119 x 86 cm; © courtesy of the artist, photo: V. Tomaschko
Mosta Maftah: Feu en Océan, 1979; wool, silk threads, cotton, 85 x 160 cm © courtesy of the artist and Thinkart
Mohammed Melehi: untitled, 1936; acrylic on canvas, 153 x 127 cm; © courtesy of the artist; © (Mohammed Melehi) VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016
Gunta Stölzl: Draft with Two-Ply Fabric, draft 1926; wool, 77 x 303 cm, limited edition; © courtesy of the ifa, photo: A. Körner, bildhübsche Fotografie
Yto Barrada: untitled (realised in cooperation with the Darnas weaving workshop for women), 2014; hand-woven wool, 172 x 195 cm; © courtesy of the artist and the Sfeir-Semler Gallery Hamburg / Beirut
Sheila Hicks: prayer rug, 1974, wool, 221 x 121,9 x 8,3 cm; © courtesy of the artist and Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York
Ida Kerkovius: Landscape, about 1927; hand-woven carpet, 125 x 135; © on loan from the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, photo: A. Körner, bildhübsche Fotografie
Rudolf Lutz: tapestry, draft 1918; wool, ca. 93 x 80 cm; © courtesy of the ifa, photo: A. Körner, bildhübsche Fotografie