The Girl from Nagasaki (Awakening)
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". Comte’s images are not only a feast for the eye, but an invitation to our imagination. A meshing of reality and fantasy, being and image, The Girl from Nagasaki is a melodramatic tale of love and despair.
Notably, The Girl form Nagasaki is a visually exuberant trans-opera, in which modern ballet, traditional Japanese Kabuki, classical opera, animated sequences, and narrative film-making are fused into a total work of art. Each scene is a meticulously orchestrated tableaux vivant, in which every element contributes to the notion of the sublime: rupturing beauty at the threshold of terror.
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).