Gbré, François-Xavier
Born 1978 in Lilles, France
Lives and works in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire and La Rochelle, France
In touch with time and geography, his work summons the language of architecture as a witness of memory and social changes. From colonial vestiges to landscapes redefined by current events, he explores territories and revisits history. This constant dialogue with his environment leads him to use different scales and modes of exhibitions, whether in the presentation of detailed installations, linked to a real investigation of the territory, or in the use of the architecture itself to make photography resonate in a physical relation to the viewer or the public space. Selection of 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). His works are part of the collections of Centre Pompidou (France), Smithsonian Institution (Washington, USA), Tate Modern (UK), The Walther Collection (Germany).
François-Xavier Gbré, Salle des avocats, Palais de Justice, Cap Manuel, Dakar, 2014, Pigment print on Fine Art Paper, 100 x 150 cm. Courtesy Galerie Cécile Fakhoury |François-Xavier Gbré, Salle des avocats, Palais de Justice, Cap Manuel, Dakar, 2014 Pigment print on Fine Art Paper 100 x 150 cm Courtesy Galerie Cécile Fakhoury