François-Xavier Gbré, Piscine #1, Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny, Cocody, Abidjan, 2014
François-Xavier Gbré, Porte #2, Eglise Harriste, Bingerville, 2013
Courtesy of the Galerie Cécile Fakhoury
Courtesy of the Galerie Cécile Fakhoury
François-Xavier Gbré, Piscine #1, Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny, Cocody, Abidjan, 2014 © Courtesy of the Galerie Cécile Fakhoury

“The Past is a Foreign Country” is the first solo exhibition in North America by the Ivorian artist François-Xavier Gbré, whose photographs survey relics of the built environment, from the ruins of colonial-era monuments to the futurist symbols of the cosmopolitan city. The exhibition features site-specific installations of immersive wallpaper prints and a chronicle of more than fifty buildings and civic structures throughout West Africa and France.