In Conversation With Patrick Altes: The French-Algerian Artist Advocates‘Tolerance’ In His Latest UK Solo

December 18, 2019 - Nahla Al-Ageli

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.

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Patrick Altes

December 9, 2019 - Rayan Elena Vergara Meersohn

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.

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November 29, 2019 - Jackson Sinnenberg

'My Iran' — A Show Of Photography And Video By 6 Women — Contrasts Memory And Reality

What or where is home? Is it a place or a people, a feeling or a memory, a reality or a fantasy?

Those questions are at the heart of My Iran: Six Women Photographers, an exhibition on display at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington, D.C., through Feb. 9, 2020. All the photos were collected separately by the Sackler Gallery, one of the Smithsonian Institution's Asian art museums, and came together only for this showing. Much of the photographers' work has been displayed previously in Europe but rarely in the United States.

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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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