As the opening parties of the St Barth Photo Festival are coming to an end, The St Barth Photo Festival 2021 still offers new photographs to discover with Moon Shots a special exhibition by Daniel Arsham, taking place at the Eden Rock hotel.
The exhibition presents a series of starlit night photographs captured in St Barth whilst Arsham was visiting the Island for the Moon Stone exhibition at the Territorial Museum in 2018.
Daniel Arsham is a multidisciplinary artist working mostly in sculpture and installation. He also works across mediums such as photography and film. Arsham most recently exhibited his 2021 Unearthed show at the König Galerie in Berlin. His work has been shown at many other galleries internationally, including, The Athens Biennale in Athens, Greece, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Miami, PS1 in New York and Carré d’Art de Nîmes in France.
Having witnessed the destruction of his home as a child during Hurricane Andrew in Miami in 1992, Arsham’s works often draw on the trauma of this event and frequently focus on themes of decay and ruin. Often using natural materials in his works such as volcanic ash, sand, and selenite, Arsham’s works draw on connections between human culture and the natural world. The night sky and presence of the moon is a recurring subject for Arsham, as he explores concepts of space travel, exoplanets, and time.
Arsham’s works featured in Moon Shots capture the serenity and awe of the island at night, featuring moonlit reflections on the water and star speckled skies. His exhibition at the festival provides a window into the stillness and quiet of the island after the parties are over, whilst time appears frozen, yet nature and our planet’s galaxy remain active.
The Saint Barth Festival will close end of December. Until then visitors of the Island will have the opportunity to enjoy the works of a robust group of participating photographers who all brought their unique visual territory and personal take on photography in the setting of some of the best hotels of the Island:
Cheval Blanc – Ellen von Unwerth, Party Time
Christopher – Greg Lotus, By the Pool
Toiny – David Drebin, Sea Gazing
Rosewood Le Guanahani – Marco Glaviano, 50 Years in Saint Barth
Hôtel Barrière Carl Gustaf – Brian Bowen Smith, Drivebys
Le Sereno – David Bellemere, Flowers
Villa Marie – Ben Watts, Summer Island
Manapany – Greg Kadel, Plein Soleil
Le Barthélemy – Fred Meylan, Swim Forever
Eden Rock – Daniel Arsham, Moon Shots
Each installation will end at site specific times. For programming details, more information about the artist and the artworks, visit www.sbhartweek.com and follow @artweeksbh.
Marie Audier D’Alessandris