Meiro Koizumi "Today My Empire Sings" installation view at Vacant, Tokyo, 2017. photo: Shizune Shiigi. Courtesy of Meiro Koizumi Studio and MUJIN-TO Production

Meiro Koizumi "Today My Empire Sings" installation view at Vacant, Tokyo, 2017. photo: Shizune Shiigi. Courtesy of Meiro Koizumi Studio and MUJIN-TO Production

Meiro Koizumi

Meiro Koizumi was born in 1976 in Gunma and currently lives in Yokohama. Working primarily in video and performance, Koizumi’s works investigate the boundaries between the private and the public, between authentic and staged emotions. They often present everyday situations transformed into sites of tension, involving conflicts between duty and desire.

Meiro Koizumi studied at the International Christian College of Tokyo (1996-1999), Chelsea College of Art and Design in London (1999-2002) and the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam. This direct encounter with European culture during his studies led him to concentrate on questions of identity. Through different media, such as video, installations, photography, and collages, Meiro Koizumi explores the taboos of Japanese society and hidden traumas in the history of the country. He also examines taboos surrounding the Second World War and Japanese colonization, and for many years, has been interested in the figures of both traditional and modern soldiers, from samouraï to kamikaze, heroic figures still connected to the Emperor.

He was recently an artist-in-residence at the MAC VAL (Musée d’art contemporain du Val-de-Marne).

VIDEO ART FROM JAPAN, curated by Edward Ball of the White Rainbow, London