Patrick Altes is an artist of French/Spanish origins, whose work has been deeply informed by his own personal history. Born in Algeria, he has made a distinctive contribution to the postcolonial discourse and the emerging Franco-Algerian art movement. As a young adult, he lived in South Africa for two years under the apartheid. He was working at the University of Fort Hare, a key institution in higher education for black Africans, which counted among its former students a number of prominent leading opponents of the apartheid. This was his first-hand experience of a society based on discrimination, repression and deprivation of civil and political rights for a large part of the population. It deeply marked him and fuelled in him a sense for the politically, socially and humanly acceptable.
“Tolerance”, his latest major exhibition at Gerald Moore Gallery, addresses the political and cultural changes that are unfolding across the UK and the world today. It confronts negative cultural stereotypes and advocates for tolerance and respect in times of angst, division and separatism. 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.
He is interested in the evolving relationship between the contemporary world and our deeper humanity.