FRANÇOIS-XAVIER GBRÉ


François-Xavier Gbré, Cité Espérance #2, Route de Bingerville, 2013, Galerie Cécile Fakhoury - Abidjan
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François- Xavier Gbré was born in 1978 in Lille, France. He lives and works in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. After graduating in photography from the École Supérieure des Métiers Artistiques, Montpellier in 2002, he trained with established photographers in the fields of fashion and design, especially during four years he spent in Italy. This led to a desire to explore African stories through portraiture, landscape, and urban design. He was awarded the jury prize at Les Nuits photographiques de Pierrevert in 2011, the second prize in the PhotoAfrica contest in Tarifa in 2010, and the Fondation Blachère prize in 2009. He was recently longlisted for the Prix Pictet Consumption in 2013.

In 2015, his work was shown in the exhibition The Lay of the Land at Walther Collection Project Space in New York and in a solo show The Past is Foreign Country at Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, Haverford College, USA. In 2014, the Galerie Cécile Fakhoury – Abidjan presented his solo show Fragments and Art Twenty One (Art 21) in Lagos, Nigeria presented Abroad. In 2014, his appearances also included Sphères #7 at Galleria Continua, Les Moulins, France and New Africa at La Villa in Casablanca. In 2013, he was featured at Rencontres Picha, the Lubumbashi Biennale, RDC, and put on Surfaces at the Galerie Cécile Fakhoury in Abidjan. In 2012, his work appeared at Biennale Regard Bénin in Cotonou, Benin; We Face Forward at the Whitworth Art gallery in Manchester, UK; and Synchronicity II at the Tiwani Contemporary in London. His work was also shown at the 8th and 9th Bamako Encounters, African Biennial of Photography in Bamako, Mali in 2009 and 2011 and Synchronicity – Photoquai presented by the Baudoin Lebon gallery in Paris in 2011.

Selected solo exhibitions

2016

The Armory Show, Piers 92 & 94, New Yor

2015

The Past is a Foreign Country, Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, Haverford College, USA

2014–2015

Fragments, Galerie Cécile Fakhoury, Abidjan, Ivory Coast

2014

Abroad, Art Twenty One (Art 21), Lagos, Nigeria

2013

Surfaces, Galerie Cécile Fakhoury, Abidjan, Ivory Coast

Selected Group Exhibitions

2016

Cher(e)s Ami(e)s, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

Crisis of Presence, Pori Art Museum, Finland

Lueurs noires, Galerie Cécile Fakhoury, Abidjan

Réenchantement, Dak’Art, Dakar, Senegal

Une collection particulière, OFF de la Biennale de Dakar 2016

2015

Art Dubai, Galerie Cécile Fakhoury, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, Galerie Cécile Fakhoury, Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, USA

Présences, Galerie Cécile Fakhoury, Abidjan, Ivory Coast

The Lay of the Land, Walther Collection Project Space, New York, USA

2014

Sphères #7 GALLERIA CONTINUA, Les Moulins, France

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, Galerie Cécile Fakhoury, Somerset House, London, UK

FLOW, Kyoto City University of Arts Art Gallery, Kyoto, Japon

Group show, Galerie Cécile Fakhoury, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

New Africa, Kulte gallery & editions (Rabat), La Villa, Casablanca, Maroc

Dak’Art Off – Galerie Cécile Fakhoury Group Show, Dakar, Sénégal

2013

Rencontres Picha, Biennale de Lubumbashi, République Démocratique du Congo

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, Galerie Cécile Fakhoury, Somerset House, London, UK

Rencontres de Bamako 201 –1 9e Biennale africaine de la photographie, Fondation Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal

Chinafrique, Festival Les Uns Chez Les Autres, Galerie Contexts, Paris, France

2012

Biennale Regard Bénin, Cotonou, Benin 2012

We Face Forward, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, UK

Rencontres de Bamako 2011 – 9e Biennale africaine de la photographie, Tour & Taxis, Brussels, Belgium

Dak’Art Off – Biennale d’Art Contemporain Africain, Dakar, Senegal