Station CIDP #2, Ségou Mali
Station CIDP #2, Ségou Mali
Quartier Kôré, Ségou, Mali
Imprimerie nationale, Porto Novo, Benin
Unilever II, Tracks series, Haubourdin
Imprimerie nationale, Porto Novo, Benin
Maquis #1, Sotuba, Bamako, Mali
Pont de l’amitiésino-malienne #1 Sotuba, Bamako, Mali
Derrière la scene, Avenue des Armées, Sotuba, Bamako, Mali
 Voiture #1, Attoban, Cocody, Abidjan, 2014
Cité Espérance #2, Route de Bingerville, 2013
 Néon #1,Yopougon, Abidjan, 2014
Chantier #5, Riviera, Cocody, Abidjan, 2014
View of the exhibition
View of the exhibition
View of the exhibition
Imprimerie nationale, Porto Novo, Benin
Hall de l'imprimerie nationale, Porto Novo, Bénin
Imprimerie nationale, Porto Novo, Benin
Baie de Mermoz II, Dakar, Senegal
Pyramide, Saint Louis, Senegal
Station CIDP #1, Ségou, Mali
Poyaud XI, Tracks series, Surgères, France
Poyaud I, Tracks series, Surgères, France
Swimming pool VII, Tracks series, Bamako
Swimming pool II, Tracks series, Bamako
Swimming pool III, Tracks series, Bamako
Elizabeth Theatre I, Tracks series, Tiberias
Elizabeth Hotel I, Tracks series, Tiberias
Station CIDP #2, Ségou Mali Archival pigment ink on fine art paper © François-Xavier Gbré

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 2017, François-Xavier Gbré participated in several international exhibition, namely AFRIQUES CAPITALES at Grande halle de la Villette in Paris and Recent Histories at the Walther Collection in Neu-Ulm in Germany. In 2016, three of his photographs from the series Tracks ‘’La Piscine’’, acquired by Centre Pompidou in Paris, were presented in the exhibition Cher(e)s Ami(e)s curated by Christine Macel. The same year, he presented an extract of his series Mali Militari at Pori Art Museum in Finland in the exhibition Crisis of Presence and his installation Wo shi Feizhou / Je suis africain in the international selection of the 12th Dakar Biennale.

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, two solo exhibitions were dedicated to him: Fragments at Galerie Cécile Fakhoury – Abidjan and Abroad at Art Twenty One in Lagos, Nigeria. His work was also exhibited in Sphères#7 at GALLERIA CONTINUA – Les Moulins, France, New Africa in Casablanca and FLOW at Kyoto City University of Arts Art Gallery in Japan. In 2013, he participated in Rencontres Picha in Lubumbashi, RDC and We Face Forward at Whitworth Art gallery, Manchester. He also took part in Benin Biennale 2012 as well as 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, the Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC, Société Générale, France, Tate Modern in London, UK and the Walter Collection at Ulm in Germany.

François-Xavier Gbré
Solo Exhibitions 2016 • Paris Photo, Grand Palais, France • The Armory Show: "Focus: African Perspectives", New York, USA 2015 • ’’Chambre avec vue’’, Kulte Gallery, Rabat, Maroc • ’’The Past is a Foreign Country’’, Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, Haverford College, USA 2014 - 2015 • "Fragments", Galerie Cécile Fakhoury, Abidjan, Ivory Coast 2014 • "Abroad", Art Twenty One (Art 21), Lagos, Nigeria 2013 • "Surfaces", Galerie Cécile Fakhoury, Abidjan, Ivory Coast Group Exhibitions 2017 • "AFRIQUE CAPITALES", Grande halle de la Villette, Paris France • "Histoires récentes : Espaces déconstruits, mémoires sondées", 11th Bamako Encounters, The Walther Collection, Mali • "La cour", Collaborative photographic project, Fringe of the 11th Bamako Encounters, Mali • "Recent Histories", The Walther Collection, Neu-Ulm, Germany • "Deep Memory", Kalmar Konst Museum, Sweden • "Who is still Austrian?", Merano Arte, Italy 2016 • "Cher(e)s Ami(e)s", Centre Pompidou Paris, France • ''Crisis of Presence'', Pori Art Museum, Pori, Finland • "Lueurs noires", Galerie Cécile Fakhoury - Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire • "Only in the Western world", Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art, Vienne, Autria • "Réechantement", International exhibition, 12th Dakar Biennale, Senegal • "Une collection particulière", Galerie Cécile Fakhoury, Fringe of the 12th Dakar Biennale, Senegal 2015 • Off des "Rencontres de Bamako 2015" - 11e Biennale africaine de la photographie, Blabla Hippodrome, Mali • ‘‘The Lay of the Land’’, Walther Collection Project Space, New York, USA • 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, Galerie Cécile Fakhoury, Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, USA • Art Dubai, Galerie Cécile Fakhoury, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE • ‘‘Présences’’, Galerie Cécile Fakhoury, Abidjan, Ivory Coast 2014 • "Sphères #7", GALLERIA CONTINUA, Les Moulins, France • 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, Galerie Cécile Fakhoury, Somerset House, London, UK • "FLOW", Kyoto City University of Arts Art Gallery, Kyoto, Japon • "Group show", Galerie Cécile Fakhoury, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire • "New Africa", Kulte gallery & editions (Rabat), La Villa, Casablanca, Maroc • "Dak’Art Off" - Galerie Cécile Fakhoury Group Show, Dakar, Sénégal 2013 • "Rencontres Picha", Biennale de Lubumbashi, République Démocratique du Congo • 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, Galerie Cécile Fakhoury, Somerset House, London, UK • "Rencontres de Bamako 2011" - 9e Biennale africaine de la photographie, Fondation Gulbenkian, Lisbonne, Portugal • "Chinafrique", Festival Les Uns Chez Les Autres, Galerie Contexts, Paris, France 2012 • "Biennale Regard Bénin", Cotonou, Bénin 2012 • "We Face Forward", Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, UK • "Rencontres de Bamako 2011" - 9e Biennale africaine de la photographie, Tour & Taxis, Bruxelles, Belgium • "Dak’Art off" – Biennale d’Art Contemporain Africain, Dakar, Sénégal • "Synchronicity II", Tiwani Contemporary, London, UK 2011 • "Rencontres de Bamako 2011" - 9e Biennale africaine de la photographie, Musée National de Bamako, Mali • "Synchronicity - Photoquai", Galerie Baudoin Lebon, Paris, France • "The Sovereign African Art Prize", Joburg Art Fair, Afrique du Sud • "Nuits photographiques de Pierrevert", France • 9e Festival International de la photographie de mode, Cannes, France • Transphotographiques, Lille, France • "Rencontres de Bamako 2009", Fondation Gulbenkian, Lisbonne ; Centre d’art contemporain, Vilnius, Lituanie 2010 • "Rencontres de Bamako 2009", Antwerpen FotoMuseum, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Cape Town National Gallery, Cape Towm, Afrique du Sud • "L’EXPO / PHOTO" : prix de la Fondation Blachère lors des 8e Rencontres de Bamako, Fondation Blachère, Apt, France • Addis Foto Fest, Addis Abeba, Ethiopia • "Uprooting the Gaze - Brighton Photo Fringe", Brighton, UK • "PASSAGES : La résidence" - Afriques et créations, Fondation Bullukian, Lyon, France • 8e Festival International de la photographie de mode, Cannes, France 2009 • "Rencontres de Bamako 2009" - 8e Biennale africaine de la photographie, Musée National de Bamako, Mali 2008 • Festival Matières Sensibles, Lille et Milan, France-Italie 2007 • Festival des Arts Visuels d’Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire • Festival Matières Sensibles, Lille, France • 5e Festival International de la photographie de mode, Cannes, France • 12e semaine de la Francophonie, Lille, France • Festival du Film Panafricain, Cannes, France 2006 • 11e semaine de la Francophonie, Furet du Nord, Lille, France 2005 • "Mois de la Photo Off", Galerie St Martin, Paris • 10e semaine de la Francophonie, Centre Régional de Documentation Pédagogique, Lille, France
Residency 2013 • La résidence RIF, l’Appartement 22, Rabat, Maroc 2012 • Kulturforum Süd-Nord, Porto Novo, Bénin • Festival sur le Niger - Workshop Painting espace, Ségou, Mali 2010 • La résidence Afriques et créations, Musée des Confluences, Lyon, France Public collections • Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France • Collection Société Générale, France • Tate Modern, London, UK • Walther collection, New York (USA), Ulm Allemagne • Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australie • Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, UK • Musée des Confluences, Lyon, France • Fondation Blachère, Apt, France Catalog 2016 • "Réenchantements", Biennale de Dakar 2016 2015 • "The Past is a Foreign country", Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, Haverford College, USA • 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair New York • 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair London 2014 • 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair • FLOW, Kyoto City University of Arts Art Gallery, catalogue • New Africa, Kulte gallery and editions, catalogue • Off The Wall 3 2013 • 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair • Art Press 402, Abidjan-chantiers • Off The Wall 1 • Il Manifesto 2012 • We Face Forward – Art from West Africa today - catalogue • Africa 24 magazine n°7, « Diaspora » 2011 • Biennale africaine de la photographie - 9e Rencontres de Bamako, catalogue 2009 • Biennale africaine de la photographie - 8e Rencontres de Bamako, catalogue Education 2002 Diplôme de photographie, ESMA Montpellier, France Awards 2017 • Prix Pictet, "Space", nomination 2015 • Prix Pictet, "Disorder, nomination 2013 • Prix Pictet Consumption, nomination 2011 • Prix du jury des Nuits photographiques de Pierrevert • Sovereign African Art Prize, nomination 2010 • Danny Wilson award, Brighton Photo Biennial, shortlist • PhotoAfrica, Centre Andalous de la photographie, second prix 2009 • Prix de la Fondation Blachère lors des 8e Rencontres de Bamako - Biennale africaine de la photographie