The Girl from Nagasaki (Before the Storm)
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Part of the Genesis drop by renowned artist, Michel Comte, the "Japan Series" consists of 14 unique works, which are a continuation to his cinematic film "The Girl from Nagasaki”, a melodramatic tale of love and despair.
The soft skin of a delicate body shimmers underneath the ropes of bondage; ceremonial dressing and pious posture coyly conceal the intimate being or its bearers. In Comte’s vision of Japanese culture and aesthetics, beauty is inextricably tethered to mystery, and the uniquely seductive elegance that arises from this combination is both perfectly flawless and dangerously complex. Indeed, in many of the images of Comte’s Japan Series, a productive friction arises between the meticulous and symbol-laden styling of both subject and surrounding, and the seemingly unknowable if not feral core of the protagonists. Because of this duality, Comte’s images are not only a feast for the eye, but an invitation to our imagination.
Born in Zurich in 1954, Michel Comte studied in France and England, and began his career in art restoration, specializing in contemporary art. In 1979 Comte met Karl Lagerfeld who gave him his first commercial assignment for Chloé and later Chanel. He has since collaborated with Vogue Italia, Vanity Fair and Interview, and with brands such as Dolce & Gabbana, Calvin Klein, Ferrari, LVMH, among many others. Comte later time traveled to conflict zones to raise funds for humanitarian projects such as “People and Places with No Name.” In 2008 he met Ayako Yoshida and has since dedicated more time to art and personal projects; together they produced their first 3D feature film The Girl From Nagasaki in 2013. Comte exhibited at the National Gallery of Parma (2016), Museo Maxxi and La Triennial di Milano (2017).