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.
interested in the evolving relationship between the contemporary
world and our deeper humanity.
Rady Fine Art:
2021 A Walk on the Bridge, Hay Hill
2020 IdEntiTy, group show curated by
ArtBridge and Art MooreHouse, Moore House, London
2020 “Legacy”, 3D virtual exhibition
with Janet Rady
2020 London Art Fair, Islington. With
Janet Rady Fine Art.
solo show curated by Janet Rady, with the support of the Arts
Council England, Gerald Moore Gallery, Mottingham, London
2019 Drawing Life, group show,
Lewes Depot, Lewes
2019 “Migration”, solo show, A
Wave of Dreams Arts Lab, St Leonards-on-Sea
2019 “A Wave of Dreams”,
group show A Wave of Dreams Arts Lab, St Leonards-on-Sea
2018 The Singularity of
Peace, The Forgotten Heroes 1419. Manbré Warf. Hammersmith,
2018 Summer Show, Gallery of
African Art (GAFRA), Mayfair, London
2018 Migration, Two-artist
show with Ronald Muchatuta, Gallery of African Art (GAFRA), Mayfair,
2018 Beyond Bridges,
Group Show, Caravan peace-building exhibition, Palm Beach Gardens,
2018 Group show, Janet Rady
curating for Wet Paint Gallery, London
2017 Oran 4th
Biennale of Contemporary Art, Museum of Modern Arts of Oran (MAMO),
2016 Africa, my Africa,
Exhibition with Lahd Gallery at GAFRA (Gallery of African Art),
2016 Art16, London Global Art Fair,
with Lahd Gallery, London
2016 The Bridge, Group Show,
Caravan peace-building exhibition, Chicago
2015 7th International
Festival of Contemporary Arts (FIAC), Museum of Modern and
Contemporary Arts of Algiers (MAMA), Algeria
2015 The Bridge, Group Show,
Caravan peace-building exhibition, New York
2015 Art Bahrain Art Fair, with Janet Rady Gallery, Bahrain.
2015 Algerianism 1,
Nour Festival, co-curator and exhibited artist, London.
2015 The Bridge,
Group Show, Caravan peace-building exhibition, Metz, France
2015 Frayed Ideologies, Hay Hill
2015 The Bridge,
Group Show, Caravan peace-building exhibition,
2015 Summer show, Uusitalo Gallery, Inkoo,
2015 The Bridge,
Group Show, Caravan peace-building exhibition, Westown Hub’s
gallery, Cairo, Egypt
2015 The Bridge,
Group show, Caravan peace-building exhibition, St Germain-des-Prés,
Group show, Hay Hill Gallery,
2014 A Story of
Revolutions, solo show, Eldon Gallery, Portsmouth, as part of
Being Human, the first UK festival of the Humanities.
Contemporary Art Biennale, Oran, Algeria.
2014 A Story of Revolutions,
solo show, Contemporary Art Space, Chester.
2014 A story of
revolutions, solo show of digital works and paintings, Triskel
Art Center, Cork, with the support of the Anna Lindh Foundation,
Cork University College, The University of Portsmouth, the French
Embassy in Ireland, The Leverhulme Trust and the participation of
Cité Nationale de l‘Histoire de l’Immigration.
2013 Sanctuary: Home,
Away, Common Ground, collaborative exhibition of 5 African and 5
European artists, Brunei Gallery, SOAS University, London.
2012 Algerian Cultural Festival, Rich Mix,
group show curated by Ben Kidger, Landmark Gallery, Teddington; Group
show, Konstoform Art Gallery, Helsinki, Finland; Group
show, SEGRO project, Royal Society of Arts, London.
2011 Helsinki International
Art Fair, Uusitalo Gallery, Helsinki, Finland; Summer
Show, Uusitalo Gallery, Helsinki, Finland; I
Must Not Break The Law, Creative Junction and YOT, Slough.
2010 San Diego Art Fair, Garboushian
Gallery, San Diego; Art and Science,
Ropetackle Art Centre, Brighton;
Beldam Gallery, group show curated by George Mogg, Brunel University
2009 Art and Medicine, group show,
British Institute of Radiology, London;
group show, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, Brighton.
2008 Hidden Beasts,
solo show, Artist Residence Gallery, Brighton; Location,
group exhibition, Quay Arts Gallery, Isle of Wight; Wounded
Healers, solo show, Menier Chocolate Factory, London;
solo show, Lighthouse, Brighton.
2007 Where to Draw The Line,
solo show as part of Visions of our Future, University of Sussex,
2006 Creatures of Gaia,
solo show, Neutral Space Gallery, Brighton;
Solo exhibition, Galerie Le Pont des Arts, Narbonne, France.
2005 Creatures of Gaia,
Galerie L’Acadie, Cajarc;
Solo show, Château des Pignes, Albefeuille Lagarde, France; Centre
Culturel des Minimes, Toulouse, France; Centre
Culturel, Les Amidonniers, Toulouse, France.
2002 Galerie Carla Bayle, solo show,
2012-2013 The Leverhulme Trust
Fellowship. Collaborative project with the University of
Portsmouth, School of Language and Area Sudies. French settlers
diaspora and Franco-Algerian relationship.
2011 Working Across Borders. Networking
scheme between East Sussex, Northern France and Belgium.
2007-2008 The Leverhulme Trust Fellowship. One-year collaborative project with the Oncology team of the Royal
Sussex Hospital, Brighton and the University of Sussex Medical
residency led to a series of exhibitions in Brighton and London as
well as a publication in the Lancet Oncology.
Portland Residency, Portland Quarry Land
A WALK ON THE BRIDGE
This year has shown us a real need for truth, in terms of the
news obviously, but also and more emphatically within ourselves.
This exhibition gives me the opportunity to weave a pattern of
meanings, intentions, leads and paths through the unusual
curation of works all connected to each other but also very
The end result is a colourful tapestry with vividly contrasted
threads that ultimately work together towards the creation of
Art uses a different language than that of the words and has
different powers, which, as a result, allows for a different
type of emotional response.
Through this exhibition, I want to bring together my “thoughts”
about the world we live in and project forward a sense of excitement
for the new year.
May 2021 be a fabulous year for us all.