Waiting for Omar Gatlato

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 also includes the first English translations of texts by key theorists of Algerian contemporary art on the evolving relationship between art and politics, as well as poetry by Samira Negrouche and a graphic essay by Nawel Louerrad.

FEATURED ARTISTS

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

Details

Author(s)

Natasha Marie Lorens, Editor

Publishers

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery and Sternberg Press

Publication Date

2019

In print | $30.00

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