François Beaurain
FRANCE
François Beaurain is a 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 gifs but he also nurtures a passion for Nigerian cinema (Nollywood) and has developed several projects around that theme. François studied physics and holds a PhD in Biology. He’s currently working as a climate change specialist parallel to his artistic activities.
The Pioneers
In recent years, media have put the spotlight on a series of assaults against women in Morocco. This ‘mediatization’ made it possible to denounce the threats weighing on women in the public space, but also contributed to reinforce the cliché of a veiled and submissive Eastern woman. The Pioneers is a series of portraits of Moroccan women who were among the first to practice an activity in Morocco. Moroccan society is culturally diverse but also changing, this project focuses on the women who are actresses of the mutations, who pushed by a passion, move the lines. These women are young and courageous. All have had to fight to get there, but they refuse victimization, they are proud of their success. The interviews make it possible to realize their course, their difficulties and their victories. In my opinion, these pioneers play a positive role and it is important to highlight their success to show other women that they can also do it. While recent news has highlighted the clouds weighing on women in Morocco, some of these pioneers are positive on the trend and as one of them points out “I am doing things today that my mother could not have done in her day”. The project also includes short summaries of the interviews where the Pioneers share their experience, victories and difficulties.

The Addis Foto Fest (AFF) was established in 2010 by award-winning photographer and cultural entrepreneur, Aida Muluneh. The festival is organized by Desta for Africa Creative Consulting PLC. AFF is a biennial international photography festival held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It has previously featured exhibitions, portfolio reviews, conferences, projections and film screenings in many different renowned venues. It is also the first and only international photography festival in East Africa.