Yann Gross was born 1981 in Vevey, Switzerland. He holds a Bachelor in Visual Communication (2005) and a Master in Photography (2007) from École cantonale d’art de Lausanne (ECAL). The emerging photographer and video artist lives and works alternately in Switzerland and the Amazon rainforest.
In an offbeat manner, the artist questions how communities shape their identities, yield to escapism, and model their environments. Traveling extensively in East Africa and South America, Gross takes the time to immerse himself in local communities. His photography is there to critique representations of alleged original cultures and communities while reflecting on his pernicious position as a modern Western explorer.
Gross’s work has received several accolades, including the Luma Rencontres Dummy Awards (Arles, France, 2015), a Foreign Fulbright Grant (2015), the First Prize at the Swiss Photo Awards, category Fashion (2014), the winning award at Festival International de Mode et de Photographie (Hyères, France, 2010), the Documentary Award at Grand Prix International de Photographie de Vevey (Switzerland, 2006) and the First Prize at the Swiss Press Photo Awards, category Daily Life (Switzerland, 2006). Gross had numerous solo shows, including those at Kunstmuseum Thun (Switzerland, 2017), Les Rencontres d’Arles (France, 2016 and 2011), Festival Images (Vevey, Switzerland, 2016), Musée d’art du Valais (Sion, Switzerland, 2012), Centre Culturel Suisse (Paris, France, 2016 and 2011), Festival International de Mode et de Photographie (Hyères, France, 2011) and Breda Photofestival (Netherlands, 2010). Among his latest group shows are the following: Rencontres d’Arles (France, 2019), Musées cantonaux du Valais (Sion, Switzerland, 2018), Musée de l’Élysée (Lausanne, Switzerland, 2017 and 2011), FOMU (Antwerp, Belgium), Fotostiftung Schweiz (Winterthur, Switzerland, 2014) and Festival International de Mode et de Photographie (Hyères, France, 2010). Yann Gross’ works are featured in several public and private collections in Switzerland, including Fotostiftung Schweiz (Winterthur), Fondation BNP Paribas (Geneva) and Musée de l’Élysée (Lausanne). His latest works, made in collaboration with Arguiñe Escandón, were presented at Wilde from November 2019 through January 2020.