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Meiro Koizumi

Meiro Koizumi was born in 1976 in Gunma, Japan. He lives and works in Yokohama. He studied at the International Christian University, Tokyo, at Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, and at the Rijksakademie van beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam. He won the First Prize at the Beck’s Futures student’s film and video award in London in 2001. Koizumi’s work has been shown in group exhibitions including New Contemporaries, Barbican Centre, London (2002), Art Summer University, Tate Modern, London (2007), and the Liverpool Biennial (2010). In 2009 he had a solo exhibition at Mori Art Museum, Tokyo.

In his films Meiro Koizumi examines the psychological complexities that come with the concept of individual guilt, usually determined by social structures and behavioural patterns. His films are deeply rooted in the Japanese social and cultural tradition. During the filming Koizumi aims to capture explicit emotions. This can result in almost melodramatic films that balance on the edge between fiction, performance and documentary. On a deeper level, Koizumi breaks through traditional communication patterns revealing the restraints embedded in their form.

Watch the works and the video profile of the artist

For the PinchukArtCentre Koizumi has chosen a combination of three works, including one new video piece. All three share a common theme of self-sacrifice for the mother nation. Koizumi shows the stoic behavioural patterns that we would expect to see in this context and goes deeper in search of personal emotion, black humour and guilt.