François-Xavier Gbré

Born in 1978 in Lille, France. He lives and works between France (Marais Poitevin) and Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

 

In 2015, his work is displayed in the exhibition The Lay of the Land for the Walther Collection Project Space in New York as well as in a personal exhibition, The Past is a Foreign Country at the Canto Fitzgerald Gallery in Haveford College, USA.

 

In 2014, two personal exhibitions are dedicated to his works : Fragments, at Galerie Cécile Fakhoury in Abidjan and Abroad, during Art Twenty One in Lagos, Nigeria. His work was also displayed during Sphères #7 at Galleria Continua in France, on the occasion of New Africa in Casablanca and for the exhibition FLOW at the Kyoto City University of Arts in Japan in 2014. Formerly, his photographs were presented during the Rencontres Picha in Lubumbashi (DRC) in 2013, at the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester (We Face Forward) in 2012, during the Benin Biennal and during the 8th and 9th edition of the Rencontres de Bamako, in Mali.

 

In 2016, three photographs from his series Tracks La Piscine, purchased by Centre Pompidou, are displayed on the exhibition Cher(e)s Ami(e)s in Paris. He also presents an extract of the series Mali Militari in the Pori Art Museum in Finland for the exhibition Crisis of Presence as well as his installations Wo shi Feizhou/Je suis africain at the Dakar Biennal. In 2017, he participates to the Afriques Capitales exhibition at La Villette in Paris and at Gare de Saint-Sauveur in Lille. The same year, his work is presented to the Walther Collection in Ulm, Germany and during the Bamako Biennal, in Mali.

 

During the year of 2018, his work is exhibited at the MaXXI in Roma and in Denver for the Landscape Photography Today exhibition. Centre Pompidou exhibits his photographs in Chengdu, China in the Mao Jihong Arts Foundation. A personal exhibition is also dedicated to his more recent works, Sogno d’Oltremare, at the Nuoro Museum of Contemporary Art in Sardinia.

 

His works are part of numerous collections, notably the one of the Centre Pompidou in Paris, of the Société Générale in France, of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, of the Tate Modern in London and of the Walther Collection in Germany.

 

Selected exhibitions: Sogno d’Oltremare (Museo MAN, Italy, 2019), Afriques Capitales (La Villette, Paris, 2018), The Past is a Foreign Country (Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, Haverford College, USA, 2015), Fragments (Galerie Cécile Fakhoury, Ivory Coast, 2015), Abroad (Art Twenty One, Nigeria, 2015).

 

 

Image: Echangeur Mitterrand, Riviera 2, Cocody, Abidjan, 2014