François Beaurain is a multifaceted artist and photographer living and working between Paris and Rabat. Most of Francois Beaurain’s 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 women stereotypes.
Francois Beaurain exhibited his work at Rencontres photographiques de Arles (2016), Bozar (2016), Guggenheim Bilbao (2016) and LagosPhoto (2015 and 2017). He 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.