French artist François Beaurain first visited Monrovia, the capital of Liberia, in January 2014, and was instantly captivated by the city, its inhabitants and spaces. “I quickly realized it’s really rather nice,” he states. “There’s a big discrepancy between what is really the country and its image internationally.”
His travels around the city lead him to create the Monrovia Animated animated GIF series, a series of short digital animations that showcases different aspects of everyday life in Monrovia. The daily life scenes depicted are rendered joyous and humorous by the animation technique, instantly capturing the viewer’s attention through Beaurain’s composition and use of colour, and show a different side of a country that is regularly associated in the media with its recent civil war and its consequences or Ebola. Beaurain’s ultimate aim is to change this perception, internationally, creating different associations with the country – even if only online. The artist’s stay in Monrovia has also prompted him to produce a series of collages and sculptures.