A Life Full of Holes | The Strait Project.
(London / Brighton): (Autograph, ABP / Photoworks), (2005).
4to (244 × 190 mm), pp.. Colour photographs. Texts by Yto Barrada and Nadia Tazi in English and Frrench. Design by Claudia Roethlisberger. Plain endpapers. Yellow cloth-covered flexible boards, spine and sides lettered in brown. Black-and-white photo-illustrated three quarter wraparound band. Fine.
First edition. Yto Barrada was born in Paris in 1971, and spent part of her upbringing in Tangier, Morocco. Her work explores issues of migration, diaspora, access, and exclusion. These photographs, which were taken between 1998 and 2004, are concerned with examining the Strait of Gibralter between Europe and North Africa, which became one of the main gateways for illegal immigration into Europe. ‘Her vision of this tension is significant, as her dual Moroccan-French citizenship allows her perspective and mobility, unlike most Moroccans, who face strictly closed borders. The photographs in A Life Full of Holes recognize the emotional effects of such desperate longing and imagination, frequently ruminating on empty or negative space that provides a metaphorical place in which viewers can project their stories’ (Guggenheim).