Beyond realism: Iran's photographers recreate images of nation

November 27, 2019 - Scheherezade Faramarzi

When carrying a camera in public became risky, many Iranian photographers turned to conceptual forms of image capturing. 

Staged photography, a genre characterised by technical, decorative and theatrical innovations, became a popular option for a growing number of photojournalists and aspiring photographers in Iran following the 2009 post-election protests.

Triggered by the disputed re-election of then President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in June 2009, millions took to the streets in protests that led to dozens being killed and thousands arrested. Anyone with a camera became a target of a violent crackdown by authorities seeking to prevent photos of the unrest reaching the world.

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Patrick Altes - Tolerance

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.  

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Identifying As Migrants

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. 

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'Every Iran is different': The female photographers seeing their country with fresh eyes

November 6, 2019 - Umar A Farooq

Iranian women artists are exploring their identity by reframing memories in a new US exhibition.

Patrick Altes urges tolerance at Wave of Dreams gallery

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. 

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Empathy in artform

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.

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Major New Patrick Altes Exhibition Deals with Migration

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. 

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Viewing Iran and Its Complexities Through the Eyes of Visual Artists

September 26, 2019 - Anna Diamond

Compelling works from six female photographers tell stories of revolution, displacement and longing for home.

The snowflakes, the ones unimpeded by the decorative umbrellas, fall on the women’s heads, sticking to their knit beanies and scarves and catching on their uncovered hair. The women’s mouths are open, as they raise their voices against Ayatollah Khomeini’s new decree. It is the last day they will be able to walk the streets of Tehran without a hijab—and they, along with 100,000 others who joined the protest, are there to be heard.

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Advice Art Girls Would Give To Their Teenage Selves

August 26, 2019 - Lizzy Vartanian

What would you tell 16-year-old you?

We all probably have a million and one things we wish we could tell the younger versions of ourselves to prepare them for the big bad world. I would personally tell myself to relax and be kind to myself, something so simple that would have made the transition through my teen years into my twenties SO much easier. But what about our favourite art girls? Even the most successful women in the world probably have a word or two of advice that they’d like to give their younger self. We reached out to some of our art girl gang, and here’s what they’d tell their teenage selves.

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