Franck Abd-Bakar Fanny


Franck Abd-Bakar Fanny 'YOLA SHOP' Images Courtesy: Pavilion of Côte d'Ivoire
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Born in 1970,  Abidjan, Republic of Ivory Coast
Lives and works in Abidjan.

Franck Fanny has a way for him to absorb and distribute the grain of women’s skin and the stridence of some men’s gazes. He subtly captures the rawness and realism of situations. Without misery, but also without idealism or cruelty. His pictures develop a pictorial naturalism that cuts social scenes as slices dripping with the juice of life. By night, venues appear as hallucinating crystal jewels.

 

Background and Training 

Autodidact.

Started photography in 2001, while visiting Jamaica.

Inspired by a various type of photography and Masters like Atakeyama, Shore, Eggleston…

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2015
The Divine Comedy: Heaven, Purgatory, and Hell Revisited by Contemporary African Artists, Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington, D.C, United States

2014-2015
The Divine Comedy: Heaven, Purgatory, and Hell Revisited by Contemporary African Artists, SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia, United States

2014
The Divine Comedy: Heaven, Purgatory, and Hell Revisited by Contemporary African Artists, Museum für Moderne Kunst (MMK), Frankfurt a.M., Germany

2008
LAB Gallery, Abidjan – New-York / New-York ,  U.S.A

2006
AVA Festival des Arts Visuels d’Abidjan, (Winner)

2003
BICICI Amie des Arts : collective exhibition

2004
Dakart : Musee de de l’IFAN 9/9 (photos and design) with Issa Diabate

 

Awards, Honors and Commissions 

2003 / Commissioned photos of cityscapes for a massive ad campaign for MTN telephone company /Republic of Ivory Coast, Cameroon and Congo

2006 / AVA Festival des Arts Visuels d’Abidjan (Winner) / Abidjan, Republic of Ivory Coast

 

 

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