Untitled, track series, Dead Sea, 2009

Archival pigment print.

Edition 4 of 5. 

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François Xavier-Gbré creates almost seductive photographs of derelict buildings and sites, highlighting the architectural evidence of colonial history and what he calls the ‘absurdity’ of power than brings. 

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Born in: East Africa

François-Xavier Gbré (Lille, France, 1978) is a photographer whose pictures seek to document the interlude between between decay and collapse. This inclination comes from his upbringing in Lille during its period of decline, when many of the city's buildings were slated for destruction. Gbré moved to Africa in 2010 and began a cartographic exploration of west African cities, with a particular focus on foreign, somewhat unfinished civic structures and buildings. His photography been shown at a number of galleries and institutions, including the Kalmar Konstmuseum, Kalmar, Sweden (2017); Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art, Vienna (2016); Walther Collection Project Space, New York (2015).

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