Yto Barrada was born in Paris in 1971 and now lives and works in both Paris, France and Tangier, Morocco. She studied at the Sorbonne in Paris and the International Center of Photography in New York. As a member of the Arab Image Foundation (Fondation Arabe pour I'lmage) based in Beirut, Lebanon, Barrada has participated in research and curatorial work. In addition to this she is also founder and director of the Cinematheque de Tanger, based in Morocco. Her work has been exhibited internationally; solo exhibitions have been held at the Galerie Polaris, Paris (2003); Witte de With Centre for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam (2004); Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool (2005); and The Kitchen, New York (2006). Group exhibitions include Des Territoires at I'Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris (2001); Strangers: First Triennial Exhibition of Photography and Video at the International Centre of Photography (ICP), New York (2003); Africa Remix at the Hayward Gallery, London (2005); and Premieres at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York (2005). Yto Barrada's honours include a nomination for the Rolex Award for Enterprise, finalist in the Deutsche Borse Photography Prize, and recipient of the Ellen Auerbach Scholarship from the Akademie der Kunst, Berlin.