Deutsche Guggenheim Presents the "Artist of the Year" 2011 Yto Barrada: Riffs

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BERLIN.- Riffs is the first large-scale exhibition in Germany of the work of Yto Barrada, whose photographs, films, publications, installations and sculptures engage with the peculiar situation of her hometown of Tangier, Morocco. With Yto Barrada, Deutsche Bank has elected a woman as “Artist of the Year” 2011 whose work has been closely involved with the political and social realities in North Africa for over a decade. In her first series A Life Full of Holes: The Strait Project, ten years ago, Barrada evokes a Tangier where postcolonial history has materialized one of its dead-ends. Her recent project Iris Tingitana extends this inquiry to the fast-growing outer edges of the city, where the monocultural vision of planners and developers threaten to homogenize landscape and human lives. The show, featuring selected works from these past series as well as new photos and films is conceived as a construction in 3-dimensional space and a deliberate juxtaposition of works. It plays