Franck Gérard was born in Poitiers in 1972 and is a graduate of the school of fine arts in Nantes. He is represented by the Mélanie Rio gallery (Nantes and Paris).
In 2013, his work earned him a public commission from the French ministry for culture and communication via the Centre national des arts plastiques (Cnap or National center for visual arts), entitled Manifester en l’état and produced in Marseille. This commission entered the collections of the Fond national d’art contemporain (Fnac or national foundation for contemporary art) in 2014.
For the Nuit Blanche event in Paris in 2012, he ‘performed’ a seven-hour conference (from 7 PM to 2 AM), entitled En l’état, user les images, in the grounds of Palais d’Iéna. He also took part in the group exhibition Errances at the Mélanie Rio gallery in Nantes.
His work has been exhibited at Lieu Unique (Nantes), Kerguéhennec (Morbihan), the premises of the Ricard corporate foundation in Paris, the Centre Pompidou in Metz, the Centre National d’Art et du Paysage in Vassivière (Haute-Vienne) and during the Rencontres internationales de la photographie d’Arles on invitation from Raymond Depardon.
Franck Gérard and his camera have travelled many a road, capturing the unexpected and the bizarre. For him, photography is an attempt to appropriate reality. The images he has gathered since 1999 form a corpus entitled En l’état or ‘As it is’ (13 July 1999 – to date).
Autoportrait © Franck Gerard