My name is Natasha Marie Llorens,
and I'm the curator of this exhibition,
Waiting for Omar Gatlato.
The way the title works is that it asks the viewer a question.
Who is Omar Gatlato?
Why are we waiting for him?
Where is he?
Is he Algerian?
There are all kinds of questions that
are opened up by just the notion of waiting for something.
I think each artist in this exhibition
has his own idea of what is Algeria.
And that is very interesting to represent
Algeria in this diversity and complex composition.
The show is pretty evenly split between artists
that are based in Algeria, and then the other half of the show
are artists who are based in the diaspora, largely in France.
So their experiences of their art scenes are really diverse.
This is called CV.
It's a work by Adel Bentounsi.
And on the surface of the pressure cooker,
there are these bilingual decals.
And that's a really common thing to find
on a lot of computer keyboards in North Africa,
because they're constantly toggling between French
and Arabic, both of which are official languages
of the country.
If you think of North Africa, you think of Morocco,
you think of Tunisia, and then you think of Algeria,
because we've heard more about what's been going on
in the other two countries.
Now there are reasons for that having to do
with the politics of Algeria.
But this is really an opportunity
to sort of break open some of the boundaries and barriers
that have been placed in front of us
and in front of these artists, and to start
to understand where their work is coming from
and what it's about.
The thing that brings all of these works
together is their commitment to thinking
about what happens on a day-to-day basis
for ordinary people.
And in that sense, I think it's a show that you can meet,
because it's not talking about things that you need to know
in advance in order to get.