Gbré, François-Xavier
Born 1978 in Lilles, France
Lives and works in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire
François-Xavier Gbré traces the complexities of global politics and colonial histories ingrained within the concrete of architectural ruins. Evidencing utopian housing blocks and sites of former bureaucracies, now rendered obsolete, he documents the structural casualties of conflict and abandonment to consider notions of territories, collective histories and vestigial legacies. Gbré's recent exhibitions include Afrique Capitales, Grande halle de la Villette, Paris (2017); Cher(e)s Ami(e)s, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2016); The Lay of the Land, Walther Collection Project Space, New York (2015) and The Past is Foreign Country, Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, Haverford. Notably, his work is part of the collections of Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Smithsonian Institution, Washington; Tate Modern, London; the Walther Collection, Germany.
François-Xavier Gbré, Gobélé Boston #1, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, 2015, Archival pigment ink on fine art paper, 100 x 150 cm, Edition of 5. Courtesy Galerie Cécile Fakhoury