Patrick Altes born in Algeria during the war of independence to French parents of Spanish origin, remains immersed in the deep links and multi-layered relationship between North Africa and Europe. Through his striking use of mixed media and collages on canvas, and employing a pallette of colours inspired by coastal Algeria, Altes depicts the fear, antagonism, risks, alienation and dislocation experienced by economic and political migrants. His work quietly advocates for a world of compassion and understanding, where differences are overcome and there is harmonious coexistence.
This note to Altes’ work “Veiled Dreams, 2016” demonstrates the driving forces behind his current collection:
“We inhabit spaces and places of belonging, for protection and security. But borders and walls, the manifestations of fear, suspicion and intolerance, define these spaces. How do we develop compassion and empathy for others, enough to let them into our world and share our safety?”