La dame en rouge

Celia Rakotondrainy

2018, 50x 40 cm, Oil on canvas



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Artwork description

The artist's Malagasy origins are the|central theme of her work, a starting point to delve into the construction of cultural identity as a result of a series of collective and not individual experiences. Through her trips to Madagascar to her parents' home, the artist completely identifies with the environment and the problems of her fellow citizens. The search for answer to identity is joined by the desire to show a Madagascar full of colors, rich in natural resources and also in poverty. Away from the stereotypes of a dangerous country characterized in the French press, Celia shows the humanity of its people in everyday scenes. The impact of globalization makes established dogmas questioned, as well as old beliefs and traditions.

In "La dam e en rouge" the reflection of Malagasy society, where agriculture still carries a great weight, Celia portrays a woman peeling a banana tree perhaps preparing for a meal. It is an intimate moment between the artist and the protagonist w here the question of social differences and the cultural shock arises.

The artist, who identifies herself, on one hand with the tradition of Madagascar society, and on the other hand, with the modernity of the Western world where she grew and was brought up. The colors are warm on a flat background that accentuates the activity that the protagonist is carrying out where housework continues to be part of the main activity of women.

Celia Rakotondrainy

Celia is a self-taught international artist with Malagasy origins. She studied Art History in Oxford and Business Management in Paris and Germany. It was at the end of her MSc studies that she decided to devote myself full-time to painting. She is currently developing her career been Berlin, Paris and Nosy Be. The cultural diversity that is ubiquitous in the artist’s education has developed her desire to discover, question and understand the principle of identity and social belonging. 

Exhibition history:

Solo Exhibitions

2020 Fenêtre entre deux monde, (canceled due to COVID-19) Nosy Be, Madagascar

2020 Déconstruis moi, (postponed due to COVID-19) Paris, France

2020 Your face, Your story, (October) Gaswerk Siedlung, Berlin, Germany

Selected group exhibition 

2019 Exposition Collective, Le 153, Paris, France

2019 Night Garden, Young Space, co-curated by Kate Mothes and Angeliki Jonsson, Online Exhibition

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