In this post, Fabienne Chamelot, a PhD student in the Francophone Africa cluster, interviews Patrick Altes. Patrick, a French artist born in Algeria, was a Leverhulme artist-in-residence in the School of Languages and Area Studies in 2012/13. An exhibition of his work, entitled ‘A Story of Revolutions’, was displayed at the University of Portsmouth’s SPACE gallery between 20 October and 26 November 2014, as part of the Being Human Festival. How would you say your experience as an artist-in-residence in an academic context influenced your work, both in terms of techniques and the creative process? Working with the University of Portsmouth, I had access to a lot of brainpower from experts in the field I was interested in. This was probably one of the key aspects, if not the most important one, during this residency. At the outset, some might have shown a few concerns about what a “pied noir artist” would produce, notably that I would bring up nostalgia in my work or highlight the “positive legacy” of French Algeria. However, these concerns were very quickly eliminated as I showed my interest in other ideas and worked from a very original perspective. Working with the University was very useful in […]
As recent events in North Africa have demonstrated, the post-revolution is often accompanied by moral panic and a desire to ‘reinstate’ gendered order. On Wednesday 12 November 2014, Dr. Natalya Vince gave a talk at the LSE Middle East Centre, entitled ‘1960s Algeria: Women, Public Space and Moral Panic‘, which explored debates about the place of women in public space in Algeria in the 1960s. Seeking to go beyond commonly-held views of post-independence Algeria as locked in a binary struggle between, on the one hand, ‘tradition’ and ethno-cultural nationalism and, on the other hand ‘modernity’ and socialist development, Dr Vince considered how revolutionary progress could embrace puritanical single-mindedness and also how Algerian women in the 1960s responded to and contributed to these debates. A full podcast of Dr. Vince’s talk is now available: video placeholder We are grateful to the LSE Middle East Centre for producing this podcast and granting us permission to share it on our blog.