Meiro Koizumi - Shorts

Curator Xander Karskens, director of De Ateliers, reflects on Meiro Koizumi’s work. How is the history of conflict areas mediated and constructed? Karskens explores a number of Koizumi's confrontational  video works and performances that brought the Japanese artist fame. Some of the short films by Koizumi will be screened this evening, while a number of his films are also featured in the exhibition A Tale of Hidden Histories.

Meiro Koizumi (Japan, 1976) exposes numerous deep-seated taboos and painful issues in Japanese society. He creates a steady oeuvre on recurring topics such as individual and collective memory, Japan’s position towards the past, Japanese media culture and perceptions of iconic Japanese traditions such as the Samurai and kamikaze.

traumas and memories

Meiro Koizumi’s Defect in Vision (2011) and Portrait of a Young Samurai (2009) are included in the exhibition A Tale of Hidden Histories. They present an unsettling picture of kamikaze pilots; the traumas and memories of American veterans of the Iraqi and Afghanistan wars are the subject of Koizumi’s recent work Battlelands (2018).

Xander Karskens (1973) was artistic director of the Cobra Museum of Modern Art in Amstelveen and curator Modern and Contemporary Art at the Frans Hals Museum | De Hallen Haarlem.