The exhibition "RIFFS - Yto Barrada" opened on Tuesday, September 18, at MACRO - Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome, for a special preview dedicated to a panel of representatives of the financial, industrial, and institutional world, as well as art collectors and professionals. More than 300 guests visited the exhibitions, presented for the first time in Italy in the impressive roman venue, at the presence of Flavio Valeri, Chief Country Officer of Deutsche Bank Italy, co-curator Friedhelm Huette, Global Head of Art of Deutsche Bank, Bartolomeo Pietromarchi, Director of MACRO, as well as artist Yto Barrada.
RIFFS displays the most distinctive works of Yto Barrada. The artist, born in Tangier in 1971, has been confronting for decades with the social, political and economical conditions in North Africa. Images, videos and installations present a complex world, where autobiography melts with history. A program of film screenings from Cinémathéque de Tanger - founded and directed by Barrada - fulfills the exhibition.
After Berlin, Brussels, Chicago and Birmingham, the show finds a natural venue at MACRO's innovative site, a prestigious institution that fosters high-quality artistic programming in Italy since many years. This project is the outcome of a partnership initiated this year by the museum and Deutsche Bank. The goal of the partnership is to showcase in Italy internationally-renowned artists who have won Deutsche Bank's Artist of the Year award, selected on a recommendation by the Deutsche Bank Global Art Advisory Council. With this distinction, the Bank honors young artists who have amassed an extraordinary oeuvre in which works on paper and photographs - the two media that characterize the Deutsche Bank Collection - play an important role.
This initiative is part of the Corporate Social Responsibilities promoted by Deutsche since more than 40 years, to serve society, culture and young artists to whom our Bank has always devoted special attention and commitment.
The exhibition will be open to public from September 20 to November 11, 2012.