Summer island in the Villa Marie
With a few opening exhibitions yet to debut, the opening night of Ben Watts‘ Summer island Show on November 30thNS spare no expense for the last day of the month. In the tropical chic paradise of the Hotel Villa Marie, Watts’ exhibition embodies the youthful summer atmosphere of St. Barth and the free-spirited taste of summer.
Born in Britain, he trained in Sydney before moving to New York, where he now lives. Ben Watts is known for his unique ability to capture the ever-changing soul of youth. When he arrived in New York in 1990, he was instantly engulfed by hip-hop culture and began his long-standing journey of capturing the spirit of urban youth by traversing the city’s booming streets and clubs. Watts’ works have been featured in a number of international publications. Watts has become an integral part of the city and its youth culture and has contributed to several group exhibitions, including “Art in Photography”.
His fascination for urban youth and especially hip-hop culture shows in his work, as his appreciation bursts through his photographs and inspires his viewers to share his interest. His distinctive style has been described by Vanity Fair as “a neon-filtered window into the people, places and parties of beaches and islands”. Watts puts his bold and playful energy at the center of Summer islandfeaturing some of today’s most famous young contemporary supermodels.
With unaffected and energetic expressions, Gigi Hadid, Karlie Kloss and other classics of the model scene effortlessly invite the viewer to enjoy the carefree day on the beach. Summer island also contains in a unique way frenzied and dynamic photo montages with superimposed images, bold graphics and text in a cut and pasted effect – the result is an ode to liveliness, enthusiasm, youth and energy.
Summer island‘s celebratory energy coincides with the overarching significance of the St. Barth Photo Festival, whose prestigious line-up has allowed the world to come together and embrace the spirit of the fashion industry and fashion photography – an echo of the glamorous days of Studio 54, star studded Singularity. Watt’ Summer island Exhibition will be in the true spirit of the festival and its vibrant, energetic soul and will complete the festival’s daring November line-up.
Marie Audier D’Alessandris
November 23, Ouverture du Festival: Wallhouse Museum – Laurent Polo-Garnier et Camellia Menard, Emergence
November 24th Cheval Blanc – Ellen von Unwerth, party time
November 25th Christopher – Greg Lotus, At the pool
November 26th Toiny – David Drebin, sea ââView
November 27th Rosewood Le Guanahani – Marco Glaviano, 50 years in St. Barth
November 28, HÃ´tel BarriÃ¨re Carl Gustaf – Brian Bowen Smith, Driving by
November 29th Le Sereno – David Bellemere, flower
November 30th Villa Marie – Ben Watts, Summer island
December 1st Manapany – Greg Kadel, Plein Soleil
December 2nd Le BarthÃ©lemy – Fred Meylan, Swim forever
Eden Rock – Daniel Arsham, Moon shots
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