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Algerian contemporary art in New York

PUBLISHED : 26-02-2020 | 15:01

Some 20 Algerian artists are taking part in a collective exhibition of Algerian contemporary art in New York, the first of its kind in the United States, the organizers say.

Entitled "Waiting for Omar Gatlato," the exhibition runs until March 15 at New York's Columbia University and brings together the works of Algerian artists established in Algeria and those from the Diaspora.

Installations, photographs and videos evoking themes as varied as the experiences of Algerian youth, exile and memory are among the works of these artists, some of whom have lived through the post-independence period of the 1960s and the terrorism of the 1990s, for others.

Mounir Gouri, presents "Naufrage" (2016), a 9-minute video illustration that addresses the daily life of Algerian youth and their aspirations.

For her part, Amina Minia presents "Chrysanthemum" (2010), a collection of photographs devoted to the theme of democracy, through photos of memorials and cemeteries.

The organizers consider that Algeria is working to rebuild a "post-colonial identity (...) with a singular artistic aesthetic, removed from the influence of French culture and religious extremism" that marked the 1990s.

 The exhibition takes its name from a book by the feminist writer and activist Wassyla Tamzali, "En attendant Gatlato, regards sur le cinéma algérien" (1979) in which she takes stock of the Algerian 7th art of the 1960s and 1970s.

The organizers deplore the "rarity of group exhibitions" of Algerian artists abroad, particularly in American establishments, judging cultural and academic relations between Algeria and the United States to be "weak".




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