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Station CIDP #2, Ségou, Mali

Station CIDP #2, Ségou, Mali

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François-Xavier Gbré

Born in Lille to a French Ivorian family, photographer François-Xavier Gbré trained in commercial photography in Italy and France before relocating in 2010 to Bamako, Mali and later Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. He often turns his camera to modernist construction these areas of Africa. An ongoing project, entitled Tracks (2009-16), documents dilapidated urban landscapes of France and the decaying vestiges of former colonial capitals in West Africa, addressing the symbolism of once-valorized objects. “In my work,” the artist has stated, “I look for bridges between Europe and Africa. I try to document the complex relationship between North and South. Even if these buildings were constructed for different reasons, they often share the same fate (for different reasons, too).” Station CIDP #2, Ségou, Mali features a dilapidated gas station from a town in south-central Mali. Gbré’s approach is as a formalism, focusing on the shapes and faded colors of the building, centering the pavilion over the gas tanks in the frame.
Artist
François-Xavier Gbré
(French, active in Cote d'Ivoire, b. 1978)
Title
Station CIDP #2, Ségou, Mali
Date
2012
Medium
Pigment print
Dimensions
39 3/8 x 59 in. support
Credit
Sara Guyer and Scott Straus Contemporary African Art Initiative made possible by the Straus Family Foundation
Accession No.
2020.29.2
Classification
Photographs
Geography
Ivory Coast (Côte d'Ivoire)

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2020, sold by Galerie Cécile Fakhoury (Abidjan, Côte d''Ivoire) to the Chazen Museum of Art

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