Daniel Birnbaum, Sven-Olov Wallenstein
|Natasha Marie Llorens (Ed.)Waiting for Omar Gatlato
A Survey of Contemporary Art from Algeria and Its Diaspora
Contributions by Alexander Alberro, Madeleine Dobie, Daho Djerbal, Émilie Goudal, Fanny Gillet-Ouhenia, Nadira Laggoune-Aklouche, Natasha Marie Llorens, Nawel Louerrad, Samira Negrouche, Zahia Rahmani, Wassyla Tamzali
Artists who belong to Algeria are caught between a national mythology that does not represent them and a historical space blanked out by state-sanctioned amnesia on both sides of the Mediterranean. Waiting for Omar Gatlato: A Survey of Contemporary Art from Algeria and Its Diaspora presents the work of twenty-five such artists who offer diverse representations of everyday life and are rigorously critical in their engagement with the legacies of Orientalist figuration, modernist abstraction, monumental public art, Conceptual art, and postmodern media theory after 1962, in a postindependence context.
This publication includes the first English translations of texts by key theorists of contemporary art in Algeria on the evolving relationship between art and politics, as well as poetry by Samira Negrouche and a graphic essay by Nawel Louerrad. The book’s title comes from an essay by Wassyla Tamzali on Merzak Allouache’s 1977 film Omar Gatlato.
Published on the occasion of “Waiting for Omar Gatlato” curated by Natasha Marie Llorens and organized by the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University in the City of New York, October 26, 2019–March 15, 2020.
Artwork by Louisa Babari, Fayçal Baghriche, Bardi, Mouna Bennamani, Adel Bentounsi, Zoulikha Bouabdellah, Halida Boughriet, Fatima Chafaa, EL Meya, Hakima El Djoudi, Karim Ghelloussi, Mounir Gouri, Mourad Krinah, Nawel Louerrad, Amina Menia, Sonia Merabet, Yazid Oulab, Lydia Ourahmane, Sadek Rahim, Dania Reymond, Sara Sadik, Fethi Sahraoui, Massinissa Selmani, Fella Tamzali Tahari, Djamel Tatah, Sofiane Zouggar
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