Franck Abd-Bakar Fanny’s interest in photography burgeoned in 2001 when travelling around Jamaica. Entirely self-taught, he undertook a commission for a major company in 2003 and has since produced visuals for advertising campaigns in Côte d’Ivoire, Cameroon, and Democratic Republic of Congo. Fanny has enjoyed group and solo exhibitions at the Festival International des Arts Visuels d’Abidjan (AVA) in Abidjan in 2007; Le Lab in Abidjan in 2008; and at Dak’Art, the Biennial of Contemporary African Art in Dakar, Senegal, in 2004.
Fanny was one of four artists selected for presentation in the first Ivorian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in Italy in 2013. He is currently part of the exhibition The Divine Comedy: Heaven, Purgatory and Hell Revisited by Contemporary African Artists curated by Simon Njami, which first opened in 2014 at the Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt, Germany, and continued its tour at the SCAD Museum of Art in Savannah, USA in 2014-2015, and the National Museum of African Art — Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. in 2015.