A lot like Aida Silvestri, Yto Barrada explores similar concepts of refugees fleeing their homeland via a visual exploration being photography.

During 2013 I saw Barradas work in a exhibition called ‘No Borders’ at the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery.

The displayed work by Barradas shows individuals known as the ‘burnt ones’ sleeping in parks. The burnt ones are refugees who have illegally fled across the Strait of Gibraltar from Morocco to Europe. These people are known as the burnt ones as they are notorious for burning their passports to maintain anonymous in an attempt to help them illegally escape their country. The images show an exhausted and vulnerable faceless escapee sleeping helplessly on the ground with their heads covered in order to remain hidden from authorities. Similar to Silvestri the hidden faces create a sense of mystery and ambiguity, the vulnerable state in which they lay suggests hopelessness and exhaustion, physically and mentally.


Photographs from the series ‘Sleepers’ by Yto Barrada, 2006. 

More information at: http://www.artfund.org/what-we-do/art-weve-helped-buy/artwork/10550/photographs-from-the-series-yto-barrada


Au Naturel.

In today’s lecture we deconstructed images using metaphors and allegories.

Metaphor: A figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable.

Allegory: A story, poem, or picture, which can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning other than a literal one, typically a moral or political one.

My allegorical deconstruction of Sarah Lucas’, Au Naturel, 1994.


Behind the artistic interpretation of adult humour within this piece lies a tender, vulnerable, narrative of a suffering relationship due to natural changes the female body faces over time. The objects represent human genitalia and lying in these particular places on the mattress implies the representation of a relationship. The relationship appears to be worn out suggests the old dirty mattress. Which lies upright and closing in on a fold which could be an indication of the relationship beginning to expire and close down towards an end. The bucket and melons represent the effects a woman’s body faces after childbirth, it suggest the question of weather the change of an appearance will affect a relationship.

Although the work appears to be quite humorous it’s only till you take a step back and think that you realise it’s quite a fragile story of a common factor which affects relationships. This piece can and has been interpreted in many ways but the way in which I’ve explained the hidden meaning seems to be the most popular deconstruction within our culture.