Yesterday was tough but tomorrow will be better

Celia Rakotondrainy

2019, 108 x 105 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.

The work "Yesterday was tough but tomorrow will be better "is presented to us as a reflection of a character closer to the self- portrait. The different angles and blurring of the portrait make up a whole metamorphosis on the path of the search for one's own identity, as if it were a kaleidoscope. Where each environment contributes a new teaching and perspective Coming to look with new eyes. The protagonist here shows nostalgia on her face, hinting at the difficult process of self- knowledge and internal experimentation that she is carrying out.

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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