Born in Vevey in 1981, Yann Gross grew up in Chexbres and studied visual communication and photography at the École cantonale d’art de Lausanne (ECAL). In 2005 he spent three months on a road trip in the Rhône Valley, where he met up with a group of hard-bitten devotees of an American pioneer way of life. This inspired his Horizonville project, which won him the Prix Découverte at Les Rencontres d’Arles in 2011. Since then, his work has been particularly concerned with questions of identity and environment. He likes to bring to light communities, to challenge references and interrogate sub-identities.
Cases in point are his Kitintale series about skateboarders in Uganda and Le Livre de la jungle, about the Amazon region. Among the many prizes he has won since 2005 is the Jury Photography Prize at the 2010 International Festival of Fashion and Photography in Hyères. He has also exhibited worldwide and his work is published in numerous magazines such as Aperture, The New York Times Magazine, Colors, Frieze and National Geographic.
Avalanche 10, 2017
150 x 120 cm