With a deep-rooted interest in psychoanalysis, artist Tessa Kuragi explains her fascination with Sigmund Freud’s theories of pleasure and pain, and that unconscious fantasy and dream life may constitute the essence of reality. Kuragi’s daytime pursuits are a world apart from the shibari bondage of her nights, yet the two elements make up her person as a whole. While fetishism plays with the interaction of the symbolic, the imaginary and the real, so too do Kuragi’s fantasies and Nick Knight’s exploration of them. The needles that she sutures through her chest and the ropes that she suspends herself from are her violent dreams turned corporeal; the creation of the story becomes an exercise in pushing past her limits.
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Hair Cyndia Harvey at Streeters using L’Oréal professional tecni art; Make-up Lucia Pieroni at Streeters for Clé de Peau Beauté; Model Tessa Kuragi at Premier; Set design Andrea Cellerino at Streeters; Manicure Marian Newman at Streeters using MAC cosmetics and Minx Nails; Seamstress Tina Kalivas; Photographic assistants Britt Lloyd, James Stopforth, Rauwanne Northcott, Laura Falconer, George Eyre, Matt Hay, Andrew Smith; Digital tech Joe Colley at Passeridae; Lighting Direct; Styling assistants James Campbell, Lydia Simpson, Elle Britt, Philly Piggott, Aurora Ozman; Hair assistant Chloe Frieda; Make-up assistant Neil Young; Set design assistant Frederica Hodgkinson; Post production Tom Wandrag at Epilogue Imaging; Production Tom Warren at Lock Studios; Production assistant Benjamin Whitley; Special thanks to Carrot Rigger, Fred Hatt, James Caudwell, Martin Smith, Sean Ebbs at King Of Hear t s London, Simon the Stuffer, Trevor Smith at Animal Works, Tom Warren, Benjamin Whitley at Lock Studios