April 13, 2020 - Paul-Gordon Chandler
Interview with Patrick Altes
How has this pandemic affected you and your creative output? How are you adapting to the new realities?
The pandemic has had a huge impact on my ideas and the direction my art is going to take. It has confirmed the need to see the world as a hugely complex ecosystem with intricate interactions between all its components, as well as to re-position our place and role in it (are we similar to this all invasive and deadly virus to the world we inhabit?).
Paradoxically, my day to day life as a visual artist has not been hugely affected by the lockdown as working in the studio is not always very dissimilar to being in quarantine.
IN PURSUIT OF TOLERANCE
A major new exhibition of work by Patrick Altes, an award-winning Algerian-born visual artist of French and Spanish descent who lives in the UK, is currently under way at the Gerald Moore Gallery, London, titled ‘Tolerance’. Curated by Middle Eastern Art specialist Janet Rady and supported by both the United Nations Association and the Arts Council, the ‘of our time’ show highlights several topical themes, ranging from the treatment of refugees and identity issues amongst the displaced and the diaspora, to negative cultural stereotypes in a nationalistic climate, as he explain to ArtScoops (More)
Patrick Altes is a UK-based French-Algerian artist with a highly nuanced and sophisticated understanding of the word ‘Tolerance’, the title for his latest solo exhibition currently taking place at Gerald Moore Gallery in South East London. Mostly, he uses the word in the geopolitical context to refer to the types of relationships that can be forged between different peoples, nations and civilisations; and, also, looking at the concept as an ethical value to be cultivated, akin to compassion and empathy or the golden rule to treat others as one would wish to be treated.
Advocating and rooting for tolerance Altes challenges narratives that demean, debase or dehumanise ‘the other’ and bravely calls out some of the underlying racism, bigotry, resentment and intolerance that exist in our splintered world today. (More)
Born in colonised Algeria and having lived in many countries - including South Africa under apartheid – before settling in Britain in 2006, international artist Patrick Altes’s work is deeply informed by his own personal history and the diasporic experiences that have both defined his identity and fuelled his artistic exploration.
Altes has created several installation pieces for this exhibition, together with new digital collages, posters and paintings, often involving the layering process that has become a hallmark of his work.
A leading light in the emerging Franco-Algerian art movement, Altes’s first-hand experience of unjust, brutal and discriminatory societies fuelled a sense for the politically, socially and humanly acceptable which has become a thematic concern visible in all his creative work. (More)
LONDON.- Gerald Moore Gallery is presenting Tolerance, an exhibition by Patrick Altes, curated by Middle Eastern art specialist Janet Rady (formerly of Sotheby’s and Lisson Gallery).
Born in colonised Algeria and having lived in many countries - including South Africa under apartheid – before settling in Britain in 2006, international artist Patrick Altes’s work is deeply informed by his own personal history and the diasporic experiences that have both defined his identity and fuelled his artistic exploration. More
November 20, 2019 - Bob Chaundy - Considering Art
This new exhibition by Patrick Altes, a leading light in the emerging French-Algerian art movement, is something of a ‘cri de coeur’. As the title spells out, each work, be it digital print, painting, sculpture or installation, engenders a plea for understanding in a world beset by seemingly insoluble problems and dissension.
November 20, 2019 - Hugh Sullivan
An open forum discussion at A Wave of Dreams Arts Lab in Kings Road, St Leonards on 30th October entitled Tolerance, Migration, Identity featured three panellists with truly global experience of migration issues.
Patrick Altes, a visual artist whose show Tolerance (previewed in HIP Issue 138) adorned the studio walls, was born in Algeria in 1958 but left for France aged four with his parents as pieds noirs refugees at the conclusion of the War of Independence. Brought up in the Paris suburbs, he spent two formative years immediately after school teaching black students in apartheid South Africa, and several in Ecuador before settling in England with a post at the University of Brighton.
November 11, 2019 - Chris Jenkins
October 30, 2019 - Lauris Morgan-Griffiths
A Wave of Dreams gallery is making its mark with its programming of innovative artists in St Leonards. HOT’s Lauris Morgan-Griffiths was intrigued when she walked into its latest show, Tolerance by international artist Patrick Altes. The images are seemingly primitive, simple figures, but the work is complex as he digs deep into his personal history.
October 25, 2019 - Mark Cantrell
A new exhibition by international artist Patrick Altes explores migration and our sense of collective identity to urge tolerance and respect.
October 4, 2019 - Naila Scargill
Major new exhibition Tolerance by international artist Patrick Altes at Gerald Moore Gallery confronts negative cultural stereotypes and advocates for tolerance and respect in times of angst, division and separatism.
A leading light in the emerging Franco-Algerian art movement, Altes’s first-hand experience of unjust, brutal and discriminatory societies fuelled a sense for the politically, socially and humanly acceptable which has become a thematic concern visible in all his creative work. With perilous journeys depositing migrants on European and now, British shores, Altes turns his attention to the harrowing circumstances that increasingly accompany migration and resettlement.
PATRICK ALTES. WORK REVIEW
Migrations at Gallery of African Art. "Je suis né à Oran" by HLC. Click Here
EUROPE NOW. COUNCIL FOR EUROPEAN STUDIES (CES)
Layering over the wounds of Algeria in contemporary pied-noir art. Article by Amy Hubbell, University of Queensland, Australia in Europe Now
PATRICK ALTES IN CURATING THE CONTEMPORARY
Africa, my Africa, connecting boundaries. Article by Patrick Altes in Curating The Contemporary
PATRICK ALTES: WORK REVIEW
June 2, 2016
Patrick Altes' work has been recently reviewed by HLC. Click here to download and read the review.
PATRICK ALTES IN FRANCOPHONE AFRICA
February 14, 2016
Patrick Altès is featured in the Francophone Africa research cluster, where he explains the genesis of his new work, Les Riches Heures, selected by the FIAC.
PATRICK ALTES IN ART RADAR
January 20, 2016
Patrick Altes is at the top of the list of 16 Algerian contemporary artists to know now, an article in Art Radar.
PATRICK ALTES IN THE AL WATAN NEWSPAPER
December 15th, 2015
In this article in Al Watan, Patrick Altes talks about his work featured in "Parenthèse…", an exhibition part of the 7th International Festival of Contemporary Art at the MaMA (Musée d’art moderne et contemporain) in Algiers.
PATRICK ALTES IN THE ARAB WEEKLY
December 5th, 2015
Patrick Altes was featured in London exhibit explores Algerian identity, an article in The Arab Weekly exploring what it means to be Algerian and talking to artists including Patrick Altes.
BBC INTERVIEW FEATURING PATRICK ALTES
November 7th, 2015
In this BBC interview featuring Janet Rady Fine Art artist Patrick Altès, curator Toufik Douib talks about Algerianism Part I, a group exhibition and a collaboration between Toufik Douib and Patrick Altès.
JANET RADY FINE ART IN THE CULTURE TRIP
November 1st, 2015
A HISTORIAN’S PERSPECTIVE… PATRICK ALTES AND DR. NATALYA VINCE DISCUSS THE RESIDENCY
December 4th, 2014
In this inspiring article, Patrick Altes and Dr. Natalya Vince discuss Altes' residency at the University of Portsmouth, where he worked in the School of Languages and Area Studies for ten months in 2012-13 and was funded by the Leverhulme Trust’s Artist in Residence scheme.
"Patrick Altes’s brings a new perspective to this public debate. Through art, he succeeds in challenging both pied-noir nostalgia about ‘French Algeria’ and academic and popular preconceptions – and indeed misgivings – about what a pied-noir voice might represent."
To know more about Patrick Altes, visit his artist page here.
PATRICK ALTES FEATURES IN ZAPRUDER MAGAZINE AND JADMAG
June 12th, 2014
After his successful participation in the Oran Biennale, Zapruder, an Italian social and political magazine is featuring Patrick Altes' “A Story of Revolutions” series with “Pied Noir Cowboy” as a cover in its Movimenti Nei Mediterraneo edition of April 2014.
To see the issue, click here.
And JadMag, edited by Tadween Publishing is featuring “Garden of Eden” in The Afterlives of the Algerian Revolution.
PATRICK ALTES IN THE JOURNAL DE L'ORANAIS 'PROUD TO BE THE FIRST PIED NOIR ARTIST TO EXHIBIT IN ORAN'
June 11th, 2014 - Ziad Salah
Rencontré dans l’immense salle de la Médiathèque d’Oran qui a abrité la 3ème Biennale, Patrick ALTES, peintre français, a aimablement répondu à nos questions. En premier lieu, il nous a parlé des cinq toiles qu’il a exposées lors de cette manifestation artistique.
To read more click here.
MAP OF A WRETCHED PAST A COMPELLING REVIEW ON PATRICK ALTES
May 20th, 2014
MAP OF A WRETCHED PAST: Patrick Altes
"What shapes your sense of belonging? French-Algerian artist Patrick Altes attempts to reconcile his identity with the troubled history of his birthplace, finds Stephen Clarke…"
To find the full story click here