Meiro Koizumi is best known for video work that combines collage and drawing, often depicting a harmonious everyday-situation that builds gradually in tension to end up out of control.
Meiro Koizumi investigates the boundaries between the private and the public, a domain of specific importance to his native Japanese culture. His videos are often based on performances and constructed scenarios where he places characters in awkward situations to focus and enlarge the moment when a situation gets out of control, becomes embarrassing or breaks social rules.
For BMW Tate Live, Meiro Koizumi will adapt his video It’s a Comedy 2012, which straddles a line between comedy and cruelty, for a live online audience. In this work a performer read from the trial judgement of Justice Radhabinod Pal, the only member of the international military tribunal for Japanese war crimes to find all defendants not guilty. During the reading of this chilling text, other performers attempted to distract the reader’s delivery using hand gestures, flowers, food and paper.
Born in 1976 in Gunma, Japan, Koizumi is an artist based in Yokohama working in video and performance. He studied at Chelsea College of Art and Design, London (1999–2002) and was awarded the Beck’s Futures 2, Student Film and Video Award (2001). Recent and other solo exhibitions include the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2013), Art Space, Sydney (2011) and the Mori Museum, Tokyo (2009). He has participated in numerous group shows such as Future Generation Art Prize, Pinchuk Art Center, Kiev (2012), Hara Museum, Tokyo (2011), Liverpool Biennial (2010), Media City Seoul (2010), and Aichi Triennale, Japan (2010).
Koizumi won the Grand Prize at the 15th Asian Art Biennale in 2012 for his two screen video installation, Theatre Dreams of a Beautiful Afternoon. The video installation begins with passengers in a relaxed mood on a train in Tokyo, someone starts crying, and their sobs get louder and louder until the fellow passengers finally react.
Meiro Koizumi at Tate Modern Tanks
13 June 2013, 20.00
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