A Life Full of Holes

barrada_thumb3.jpgThe new exhibition at Open Eye is the first ever UK solo exhibition by the French/Moroccan photographer Yto Barrada. Titled ‘A Life Full of Holes – The Strait Project’ refers to the Strait of Gibraltar, the narrow channel that divides Europe and Africa, but for the artist it also refers to the temptation of departure. For Barrada the city of Tangier can be seen as a focal point for the issues surrounding African migration into Europe, a microcosm in which a population’s imagined dreams and aspirations of leaving are placed.