François-Xavier Gbré

François-Xavier Gbré

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Born in 1978

Lives & works in Ivory Coast and France

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8 single expositions

55 grouped expositions & fairs

Prize Pictet, Space, nomination - 2017

Prize Pictet, Disorder, nomination - 2015

Sovereign African Art Prize, nomination - 2011

Public Collections : Afriques et créations, Musée des Confluences, Lyon, France Collections; Centre Pompidou Paris, France; Smithsonian Institution, Washington, USA;

Collected by museums and foundations Collection Société Générale, France; Tate Modern, Londres, UK; Walther collection, New York (USA), Ulm Allemagne


Presentation of the artist

Living and working between France and Ivory Coast, this mixed-race Ivorian artist, who grew up in the North of France, faces Côte d'Ivoire's change, economic growth, great urban expansion, and above all vestiges. Step by step, François-Xavier Gbré creates a landscape of his own through a collection of photographs, which reveal hidden aspects of everyday life.

The past in Gbré's photographs is foreign and unfinished. United by a methodical, often distanced perspective on architecture and landscape as a form of documentary evidence, his work recalls the landmark photography of Lewis Baltz, Stephen Shore, and Guy Tillim.

From Mali to Israel, from Lille to Rabat, he photographs abandoned constructions that bear the traces of the social and political history of their country. François-Xavier Gbré's photographs cast a detached eye on these buildings and the symbolic weight that nations lay upon them.

With his series Tracks, started in 2009, he deals with the symbolism of once-valorized objects, now left behind. His images of interior scenes and the surfaces of abandoned buildings constructed during the colonial era or at the moment of independence sustain an examination of aesthetic and sociopolitical forces on architecture. With a soft radicality, he testifies of an interval, of those swinging moments intensely revealed by architecture.

With a sensibility that is deeply engaged in recording the state of the world and partaking in it through photography, François-Xavier Gbré's photographs reveal a passing, a track. The unexpected object or detail that brings back history is always present, moreover actual. In the urban confusion, where we sometimes get lost, and throughout his works, the question of our lifestyles, our social interactions and our relation to History, is raised on a local scale, as an echo of universal expression.

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Nationality : France

Photography Contemporary Art

In connection with

Galerie Cécile Fakhoury, Abidjan - Ivory Coast

Artskop3437 selection, - France


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1978

Born in Lille, France

Solo exhibitions & presentations

2018

Sogno d’Oltremare, Museo Man, Nuoro, Sardaigne, Italie

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2016

Paris Photo, Grand Palais, Paris, France

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2016

The Armory Show, Focus : African Perspectives, New-York, US

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2015

Chambre avec vue, Kulte Gallery, Rabat, Maroc

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2015

The Past is a Foreign Country, Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, Haverford College, USA

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2014

Abroad, Art Twenty One (Art 21), Lagos, Nigeria

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2014

Fragments, Galerie Cécile Fakhoury, Abidjan, Ivory Coast

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2013

Surfaces, Galerie Cécile Fakhoury, Abidjan, Ivory Coast

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Residencies

2017

Kunst Meran Arte Merano, Italy

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2013

RIF, l’Appartement 22, Rabat, Morocco

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2012

Kulturforum Süd-Nord, Porto Novo, Benin

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2012

Festival sur le Niger - Workshop Painting espace, Ségou, Mali

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Group exhibitions & fairs

2019

1-54 Art Fair, New York City, Usa

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2019

Cosmopolis, Mao Jihong Arts Foundation with Centre Pompidou, Chengdu, China

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2019

L’Esprit du large, Galerie Cécile Fakhoury, Dakar, Senegal

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2019

L’Afrique n’est pas une île, Fondation Zinsou, Ouidah, Benin

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2019

L’Esprit du large chapitre II, Galerie Cécile Fakhoury, Abidjan, Ivory Coast

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2018

Africa Is No Island, Macaal, Marrakech, Morocco

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2018

African Metropolis, Maxxi, Rome, Italy

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2018

Landscape Photography Today, Denver Art Museum, U.S.A.

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2018

La Cour, Cinéma de Médina Koura, Rencontres de Bamako, Mali

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2018

Recent Histories, Rencontres de Bamako, Mali

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2018

La Cour, Paris Photo, France

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Events

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Publications & essays

2017

Aperture Magazine #227, Summer 2017, Platform Africa

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2017

AFRIQUES CAPITALES, La Villette

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2016

Réenchantements, Biennale de Dakar 2016

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2015

Prix Pictet, Disorder

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2015

The Past is a Foreign country, Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery Haverford College

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2014

Off The Wall #3, magazine

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2014

FLOW, Kyoto City University of Arts Art Gallery, catalogue

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2014

New Africa, Kulte gallery and editions, catalogue

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2013

Off The Wall #1, magazine

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2013

Art Press 402, Abidjan-chantiers, magazine

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2013

Scatti meticci dal Mali – Uno sguardo sul potere e i suoi monumenti, Il Manifesto

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2012

We Face Forward – Art from West Africa today

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2011

Biennale africaine de la photographie - 9e Rencontres de Bamako

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2009

Biennale africaine de la photographie - 8e Rencontres de Bamako

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