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Aurélia Durand

About the artist 
Aurelia Durand is a French graphic artist based in Copenhagen, Denmark. She was born in 1990 and raised in Paris, but spent four years of her childhood in La Réunion, a French island in the Indian Ocean, off the southern coast of Madagascar. Her time in La Réunion shaped her interests in representing the power and beauty of multi-culturalism. With its French, East African, Indian and Chinese cultural influences and heritage, Aurélia describes the island as a place where different communities accept each other. Coupled with her mixed cultural background (Ivorian and French), this experience compelled her to make art which raises awareness about culturally diverse and nuanced stories.
Sources of inspiration 
Aurélia is inspired by different artistic fields, from contemporary art and product design to photography and film. The colors and shapes from the likes of Andy Warhol, Roy Liechtenstein, Jeff Koons, Murakami, Yayoi Kusama, and Xavier Veilhan have influenced the striking, lively colors of her work. Aurélia draws and paint but also digitally creates short animations and graphics, because it allows the colors to be more vibrant she says. Her recent works are characterized by Afro-pop culture, in which men and women proudly display afro hair and braids with colorful African prints and edgy fashion accessories. Aurélia also stages her characters in groovy animations in which bodies and patterns dance gracefully on Afro-pop music.
Connecting through art Representation 
Aurélia uses her art as a positive and colorful tool to incite people to accept each other. Her work transmits a strong sense of empowerment of people of color, especially women. Aurélia has taken her art to Instagram as a way to connect with people who identify or are inspired by the same experiences of cultural diversity. Creating a community that shares the same interests and feel motivated by her work, her digital practice keeps the conversation on representation alive and relevant.
Going forward
Aurélia is currently developing her art into creating story-based animations and an illustration book.
Check out her website here: https://www.aurelia-studio.com/
Previous exhibitions and projects 
 21-26 March 2019, Exhibition in London: The Next Wave: The Power of Authenticity and Self-Validation
2018, Solo exhibition with Reines des Temps Modernes, Paris, bar à Bulles
2018, La Sape Culinair, collaboration with The Blues Woman Restaurant, Copenhagen
2018, Solo exhibition, KPH, Copenhagen
Artist Statement: 
I aim to show more colors and bring new narratives through joyful and vibrant visuals. Having a voice behind my work is my primary goal because I think it’s time to represent a modern image of afro descents: proud and going forward.
 
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