Francois Beaurain










François Beaurain is multifaceted artist and photographer living and working between Paris and Rabat. Most of Francois' projects are linked to Africa and are fed by the Western clichés, sterotypes and preconceived ideas that he's trying to deconstruct. Monrovia Animated (2014) deals with images about Africa in Western media, Les Villas (2015) with the orientalist cliché about traditional Moroccan habitat, his collages from Nollywood posters celebrate the diversity and richness of a cinema industry still unkown in Europe and Les Pionnières (2018) deals with oriental woman stereotypes.

Francois exhibited his work at  Rencontres photographiques de Arles (2016), Bozar (2016), Guggenheim Bilbao (2016) and LagosPhoto (2015 and 2017). Francois is also occasionally a writer, his writings have appeared in Le Monde, CNN, Jeune Afrique and more. He's also a collector and owns one of the largest and diversified collection West-African movie posters.

François studied physics and holds a PhD in Biology. He’s currently working as a climate change specialist in parallel to his artistic activities.






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  Addisfoto Festival, Ethiopia.
  Group show at Galerie Abla Ababou, Rabat, Morocco
  Instituts Français de Rabat, Safi, Marrakech, Meknès and Fes.- Solo Show
  Making Africa, Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, USA
  Digitalia, Museum of the African Diaspora , San Francisco, USA
  Rencontres Photographiques de Rabat, Morocco.


  Lagos Photo Festival
  "Making Africa", High Museum of Art, Atlanta
  Les Nuits Photographiques d'Essaouira
  Festival Internacional de Fotografia de Belo Horizonte, Brazil
  Les Nuits Photographiques de Pierrevert
  Exposition circulation(s), Multimedia Art Museum of Moscow
  Changjiang International Photography and Video Biennale
  “UE em Angola”, Luanda


  Les Nuits Photographiques d'Essaouira
  "Tear my bra", Rencontres photographiques d'Arles
  "Dey your lane", Bozar, Bruxelles
  "Designing Africa 3.0"., Milan
  "Making Africa", Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, Kunsthal Rotterdam
  Festival Circulations, Paris


  "Making Africa", Vitra Design Museum,
  Dar Si Said Museum, Marrakech



  Arthouse foundation, Lagos, 2017.
  African Artist's Foundation, Lagos, 2015.
  Maroc Artist Meeting, Marrakech, 2015.



  Nominated : 2nd Session of Changjiang international Photography Video biennale, 2017
  Best gif, Athens Institute for Contemporary Art micromedia Fest 2016.
  Best Laureate of Transnumeriques Awards @ ARTour biennale 2015.
  Maghreb Photography Awards, Sport Series, 2018



  Le Monde : Comment un prince nigérian est passé à côté d'un succès mondial au sein du groupe UB40
  Something We Africans Got : Les fractales au coeur des pratiques culturelles en Afrique
  TV5 Monde : Nigeria, danse avec les croque-morts.
  Marie Claire Italia : La nostra partita
  Telquel : Dernières poses pour Marifilly
  Jeune Afrique : Comment Ebola a relancé le cinéma au Liberia
  CNN :Ebolawood: Liberia's golden age of film
  Jeune Afrique : Liberia : quand le cinéma s'empare d'Ebola
  CNN : The Nigerian inventor building a flying jet car
  Konbini : Meet Wesseh Freeman, The Gas Can Guitar Master
  Konbini : Nature, The Nigerian Street Artist Who Turned A Train Depot Into A Personal Gallery
Jeune Afrique : Black Mambas
  Jeune Afrique : Quand la batucada fait rythmer le Maroc
  Libération : Comment l’odalisque d’Ange Tissier est devenue une icône au Maroc
  Marie Claire : Squad goals, May 2017.

Press review

  Ours Magazine : Francois Beaurain Pioneers Gifs as Art & Shares Nollywood Crush
  C41 Magazine : Francois Beaurain
  Konbini : From Liberia To Lagos, This French Artist Has A Knack For Creating Unconventional Imagery

Monday Morning Again

  Ufunk : A series of Gifs in tribute to the difficult mondays
  Lense : L'obsession du gif
  Konbini : #NeverGonnaGIFYouUp: Seamlessly Celebrating The London Commute With Francois Beaurain
  Visual News :12 GIFS Perfectly Capture the Struggle of the 9-to-5
  Mowwgli : Les Gifs de François Beaurain : Monday morning again
  The Creators Project : GIF Portraits Capture Everyday Frustration


  Konbini :Two Artists Are Turning Nigerian Hairstyles Into Gorgeous GIFs
  African Digital Art : Chromatin, African hair geometry.
  Design Baba : Chroma
  Feature Shoot : Mesmerizing gifs of traditional Nigerian women's hairstyles
  Art Africa : The future is present
  Marie Claire Italia, may 2018 issue.

Monrovia animated

  CNN: Liberia comes alive in these clever animated GIFs
  Oeil de links: Monrovia
  Libération: Ça tourne au Liberia / Des images plein le gif
  Visual news : François Beaurain Puts a New, Animated Face on Liberia
  La boîte verte : Le Liberia animé
  Fast company : The Slums Of Liberia Spring To Life In These Animated GIFs
  Sky TV: Non solo guerra e povertà
  Afrique in visu : Monrovia animated
  African Digital Art : Monrovia animated: gifs that portray daily life in Liberia
  Mediafiritiq : Monrovia animated by Francois Beaurain
  Moss and Fog : Monrovia Through GIFs
  The new Africa : Explore Monrovia
  Mash kulture : Monrovia animated
  Indugld : This artist endlessly loops and animates the people of Monrovia
  Blend images :
  The Skunk Pot : ‘Monrovia animated’ – a project by Francois Beaurain
  Moments journal : Awesome animated GIFs capturing the life and cultrue in Liberia by Francois Beaurain
  Feature Shoot : Playful gifs of liberians break down stereotypes
  Petapixel :Glimpses of People and Places in Monrovia, Captured Through Cinemagraphs
  Hyperallergic :A Vibrant Portrait of Liberia in GIFs
  Laughing squid : Monrovia animated, whimsical animated gifs depicting the everyday life in Liberia
  DesignBoom : françois beaurain animates everyday life in liberia


  Réponses Photo : François Beaurain : quand la photographie s’anime

Sky painting

  The Skunk Pot : The ‘Sky painting’ project by Francois Beaurain
  The creators project : LED-Enhanced Kites Paint The Sky With Dazzling Light Art
  LED inside : French photographer creates stunning light painting with LED kites.

Les Villas

  Focus numérique : François Beaurain, à la frontière de la photo et de la vidéo
  African Digital Art : Les villas: Still and Moving Cinemagraphs from Morocco
  Another : Morocco's Unmissable Multicoloured Walls
  Afrique in visu : Le fond du mur est rouge


Hand Painted posters from Liberia

  RFI : Des affiches de films peintes au Liberia exposées à Paris
  Spectacular Optical : From the attic to the gallery
  Hey! : Hey! #23
  Jeune Afrique: Le ciné s'affiche

Hôpital Marie Feuillet

  Huffington Post Maghreb :François Beaurain immortalise l'hôpital Marie Feuillet
  Telquel : Dernières poses pour Marifilly