bali: grace jones

© pier poretti – dancer pose with statue

as a global icon of contemporary pop music, you could say grace jones has been around – and we're not only talking her many achievements in the industry. extensively traveling around the planet to indulge her fanbase and for sheer pleasure, miss jones met swiss artist pier poretti [1950], based in paris at the time, while both were frolicking around bali in the mid 1990s, and the two immediately hit it off. after becoming friends, it wasn't until years later, when the lensman had relocated to the island of gods, that they reunited where they first ran into each other, and the two engaged into a ten-day shooting at locations across the island. on the occasion of the pop star's live gig at potato head beach club next month, the venue's escalier boutique will host a special exhibition of the aforementioned shooting.

opening today [7pm], it presents a selection of these staged portraits – mind you, poretti always shoots in black + white, and then tints the monochrome prints by hand with splashes of colour.  amidst the boutiques many coveted designer offerings [on through oct 10]. jones and poretti are currently working on a visual book together, entitled put more grace in your eyes. as for grace jones' hotly anticipated live gig, it's scheduled to take place on the premises of the resort on sat – oct 8. if you happen to be sojourning on the island, and wish to witness grace jones' inimitable sound live, click here to purchase your ticket. exhibition location: escalier, jalan petitenget 51b [seminyak].

© pier poretti – shower with coconut and eating passion fruit