François-Xavier Gbré was born in Lille, France, in 1978. He lives and works in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
He graduated with a degree in Photography from École Supérieure des Métiers Artistiques de Montpellier in 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.
In 2018 he is invited to present his research in the following exhibitions : Cosmopolis #1.5 in Chengdu (Centre Pompidou / Mao Jihong Art Foundation), Landscape photography today at the Denver Art Museum, Africa Metropolis at the MAXXXI in Roma. Opened in November 2018, his solo show Sogno d’Oltramare is presenting a new series exploring the Sardinian landscape and history at the Museo Man d’Arte Contemporaneo of Nuoro, Sardinia.
In 2017, he participated in several international exhibitions, namely Afriques Capitales in Paris and Recent Histories at the Walther Collection in Germany. In 2016, the Tracks series La Piscine was acquired and presented by Centre Pompidou in Paris. The same year, he presented an extract of his series Mali Militari at Pori Art Museum in Finland and his installation Wo shi Feizhou / Je suis africain in the international selection of the Dakar Biennale. In 2015, his work was presented in the exhibition The Lay of the Land in New-York and in a solo show The Past is Foreign Country at the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, Haverford College, USA. In 2014, two solo exhibitions were dedicated to him: Fragments at Galerie Cécile Fakhoury – Abidjan and Abroad at Art Twenty One in Lagos, Nigeria. He also took part in the 8th and 9 th Rencontres de Bamako, Biennale Africaine de la Photographie in Mali.
Notably, his work is part of the collection of Tate Modern in London, UK, Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Smithsonian Institute, in Washington DC and the Walter Collecion at Neu-Ulm in Germany.