The Girl from Nagasaki (Echoes)
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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, as a re-adaptation of Giacomo Puccini’s opera Madame Butterfly.
In The Girl from Nagasaki (Echoes), 2011, Cho-Cho San (the protagonist) commands the center of the image: dressed in ceremonial white, she sits at the end of a long, red table. On either sides of the table, faceless white dolls wearing plastic hoods sit silently in front of their perfect meals. The mannequins are in fact the symbolical servants of Cho- Cho San’s imagination: in a moment of contemplation she re-lives her life and marriage. All chatter has calmed down as she is listening to the echo of her own voice, and slowly begins to detach herself from her worldly existence.
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).