By Álvaro Rojas
Matt Wilson, photographer specialized in the wine world, has lived in Chile for the past seven years. Born in Britain, he studied at the International Centre of Photography in New York, and during the 90’s he worked in the music industry, collaborating with renowned hip-hop artists, such as Mos Def, The Roots, Method Man, and so forth. Upon his arrival in Chile, he started devoting his life to the wine world, photographing vineyards and landscapes, but with a special emphasis on the human element behind the wine industry and the professionals involved in it. So far, he has published two books: ‘Chile Uncorked’ (R.E. Producciones, 2007), and ‘Chile: Country of Wine and Mountains’ (Versant-Sud, 2009).
His newest exhibition is, of course, about wines. Drawing inspiration from his life and experiences in the wine world, the artist states: «Most of my work is in the Wine industry. My wife is a winemaker at Lapostolle, and I live in the heart of Colchagua, one of Chile’s biggest wine regions». As such, the exhibition will be based on four groups: cabernet sauvignon, carmenere, sauvignon blanc, and sustainability, with different schemes for each one of the groups.
Reaffirming the importance of the working force that supports the industry, Wilson declares: «there are no named wineries on the exhibition. To be fair we wanted the images to be fairly generic. Also, I wanted to focus a lot on the people in the industry. Not the winery owners, but the everyday workers, harvesters, vineyard maintenance and so forth.» The exhibition is being supported by Wines of Chile, PuroChile, SohoExperimental, and Lush Life.
About his life, and the reasons behind his permanent stay in Chile, Wilson tells us: «Chile is such a diverse country. Whenever I travel in Chile I see new and exciting things, people of so many differing cultures all under one flag. The wine in Chile is great, the weather is great, I love mountains, and I love the sea. Chile has so much to offer. As a photographer it is paradise. The light is fantastic and once out of Santiago, there is little pollution. I have lived in Chile for 7 years now and I really feel it is my adopted home. After the earthquake last year and then the amazing story of the 33 miners, my heart was won over. VIVA CHILE!!!»
If you are a fan of the wine industry, you cannot miss the opportunity to witness this beautiful display of art, wine, and their relation with real life. The exhibition is going to be held at the Wines of Chile Grand Tasting on June 14th, at the Metropolitan Pavilion, 123 West 18th Street. Then, it will be opening at PuroWine store at PuroChile 221 Centre Street #A in New York.
For more information, contact Matt Wilson himself at email@example.com and check his website www.mattwilson.com.