François-Xavier Gbré was born in 1978 in Lille, France. He lives and works in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. He graduated with a degree in Photography from École Supérieure des Métiers Artistiques de Montpellier, France.
While engaging with time and geography, his work summons the language of architecture as a witness of memory and social changes. From remnants of colonial times to landscapes that are redefined by current events, François-Xavier Gbré explores territories and revisits history.
Currently, three of his photographs from the series Tracks ‘’La Piscine’’ acquired by Centre Pompidou are presented in the Exhibition Cher(e)s Ami(e)s à Paris. In 2015, his work was presented in the exhibition The Lay of the Land at the Walther Collection Project Space in New York and in a solo show The Past is Foreign Country at the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, Haverford College, USA. In 2014, he presents his work in two solo exhibitions Fragments at Galerie Cécile Fakhoury – Abidjan, and Abroad at Art Twenty One In Lagos, Nigeria.
His work was also exposed in Sphères#7 at GALLERIA CONTINUA- Les Moulins, France, New Africa in Casablanca and FLOW at the Kyoto City University of Arts Art Gallery in Japan in 2014, at the Rencontres Picha in Lubumbashi, RDC in 2013, We Face Forward at the Whitworth Art gallery, Manchester, at the Benin Biennale in 2012, and at the 8th and 9th Rencontres de Bamako, Biennale Africaine de la Photographie in Mali.
Notably, his work is part of the collection of Centre Pompidou, Paris, Société Générale, France, Tate Modern in London, UK and the Walter Collection at Ulm in Germany.