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François-Xavier Gbre

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Born in 1978 in Lille, France, to a French mother and an Ivorian father. He now lives and works between France and West Africa.

In 2002, Gbré graduated from the Ecole Supérieure des Métiers Artistiques, Montpellier. He began his career in fashion photography. This led to a desire to explore African stories through portraiture and urban design.

Bryony Bond wrote: “Through his seductive photographs of crumbling buildings, François-Xavier Gbré interrogates the architectural evidence of colonial history and highlights what he terms the ‘absurdity’ that power brings.(…) Gbré documents the complexities of international politics and the histories written in the stone and concrete he photographs, asking “which part of history is kept and which part is forgotten?”

2010: 2nd prize PhotoAfrica.
2009: Fondation Blachère prize

Selected shows:
-Biennale Regard Benin (2012)
-We Face Forward, Manchester (2012)
-9th Bamako Encounters (2011)
-'L'Expo/Photo' - Fondation Blachère
-Brighton Photo Fringe, Uprooting the gaze - shortlisted (2010)
-The 8th Bamako Encounters (2009)
-Matières Sensibles, Lille, Milan (2007, 2008)
-Arts Visuels d’Abidjan (2007)
-Festival International of Fashion Photography (Cannes,2007,2010,2011)


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