Francois Beaurain

 

 

 

 

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About

Bio

François Beaurain is visual artist and photographer living and working in Paris. Francois is a multifaceted autodidact working predominantly with photography, sculpture and collage. He exhibited his work at the Biennales of Moscow and Changjiang (2017), Bozar (2016), Guggenheim Bilbao (2016) and LagosPhoto (2015). Francois is mostly known for his pioneering work with gif but he also nurtures a passion for Nigerian cinema (Nollywood) and has developed several project around that theme.

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

 

Contact : fcbeaurain[a]gmail.com

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Exhibitions

2017

  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

2016

  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

2015

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

 

Residencies

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

 

Awards

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

 

Writing

  Le Monde : Comment un prince nigérian est passé à côté d'un succès mondial au sein du groupe UB40
  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
  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

Chromatin

  Konbini :Two Artists Are Turning Nigerian Hairstyles Into Gorgeous GIFs
  African Digital Art : Chromatin, African hair geometry.
  Design Baba : Chroma
   

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 : http://blog.blendimages.com/tag/monrovia/
  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


Chiatura

  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