The exhibition borrows its title from a 1979 publication on early Algerian film, edited by Wassyla Tamzali, which references Samuel Beckett’s play Waiting for Godot and Merzak Allouache’s 1976 cult classic film Omar Gatlato. The exhibition title combines two important conceptual clues for how contemporary Algerian visual artists and filmmakers approach and engage art as the decolonization process evolves. Both source works are portraits of anti-heroes trying to make sense of their day-to-day lives.


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, and Sofiane Zouggar.

The exhibition has been developed through the generous support of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Additional support has been provided by Etant Donnés Contemporary Art, a program developed by FACE Foundation and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, with lead funding from the French Ministry of Culture and Institut Français-Paris, the Florence Gould Foundation, The Ford Foundation, the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Chanel USA, the ADAGP, and the CPGA.

Mourad Krinah, "The Sunday Waltz 3—Tribute to Paolo Uccello" (detail), 2019. Courtesy of the artist.

Past Exhibition

Curated By

Natasha Marie Llorens


Public Lecture: Around 1962, from Algeria to the World

Todd Shepard, Arthur O. Lovejoy Professor, Department of History, Krieger School of Arts & Sciences, Johns Hopkins University | Algeria's independence from over one hundred and thirty years of French colonial domination almost immediately came to define how many people understood what "decolonization" tout court meant. Being known as the "Mecca of Revolutionaries" contributed to how much the Algerian Revolution meant to Algerians, especially to those who, in the name of this triumph, governed independent Algeria. Many other Algerians, however, have and continue to draw their own inspiration from this history. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition, Waiting for Omar Gatlato: Contemporary Art from Algeria and its Diaspora

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Next Exhibition
August 2019 - June 2020 at Café Nous, Philosophy Hall