Romain Slocombe CV

1953Born in Paris, son of an architect and of an abstract painter.
1967Influence from Photographs of the war in Vietnam.
1968Anonymous participant in the May revolution in Paris.
1969Discovery of Japanese New Wave cinema during the Avignon festival.
1970As student at the Paris Censier University, joins pro-Chinese group "La gauche proletarienne".
1972Studies political poster and comic art at Vincennes University (teacher: Moebius).
1974Enters drawing class at the Paris National School of Fine Arts, meets future members of Punk graphic group Bazooka. First illustrations published in science-fiction magazines.
1976Frequent stays in England, living in a London squat and later in Bristol. First commissions for book covers from publisher Gallimard.
1977First of many trips to Japan.
1978Publication of first comic Prisonniere de l'armee rouge!, forbidden by French censorship.
1980Second trip to Tokyo. Meets illustrator/painter Tadanori Yoko and other Japanese artists.
1982First one-person exhibitions: at the Totem Gallery, Brussels, and L'art medical at the Elisabeth de Senneville Gallery, Paris.
1983Publication of first novel Phuong-Dinh Express and collective book L'art medical.
1985Exhibition of artwork for Tokyo girl at La Hune in Paris.
1986Publication of Tristes Vacances.
1990Meets Toshio Saeki in Tokyo and supervises edition of his Japon intime, published by Albin Michel in Paris.
1991First one-person exhibition in Tokyo at The Deep Gallery, Nogizaka.
1992Begins series of medical art photographs with Asian models.
1993One-person exhibitions at The Deep in Tokyo (Les femmes bandees) and Au paradoze perdu Gallery in Geneva. Publication of essay L'empire erotique. Medical performance and slide show at the Maniac Love nightclub in Tokyo.
1994Publication of first photography book Broken Dolls, with a one-person exhibition at Un regard moderne, Paris. Artwork and design for CD Extreme Music from Japan (Susan Lawly, Edinburgh). Five weeks stay in Toky o during summer, and performance at the Rontgen Art Space, Kawasaki. Bandage, up yous!: one-person exhibition at the Endart Gallery, Berlin. Collaboration on French TV documentaries in Tokyo and Kyushu.
1995La beaute pansee: one-person exhibition at the Ichinenkan Gallery, Sendai (Northern Japan). Filming of Un monde flottant, documentary featuring photographer Araki. Exhibition of photgraphs at the Arles International Encounters, and curator for the Japanese exhibition Magnifique, la luxure with art critic Michel Nuridsany. Major scandal caused by the screening of the documentary on Araki. Limited edition of 90 signed and numbered videos of Un monde flottant with copy-art covers.
1996Retrospective exhibition at the Graphes Gallery, Paris (paintings and drawings). In New York films a documentary on Richard Kern. Exhibition of photographs at the Feature Gallery in Soho.
1997Publication of City of the Broken Dolls in London. Night of the Broken Dolls event at the Torture Garden Club. One-person exhibitons at the Shukan Art Gallery, Sendai (Beauties in Bandage), the Fruchtig Gallery in Frankfurt, and the Michel Vidal Gallery in Paris.Group exhibition The Bite Generation in Nantes, and curator for the Japanese section. Retrospective of drawings and posters at The Ground, Hanae Mori International, Tokyo. Collaboration on Claude Wampler's performance Blanket, the Surface of Her at the P.S. 122, New York.

(source: Japan in Bandage)