Meiro Koizumi, Portrait of a young samurai, 2009, 2 channel video and sound installation, 9 minutes 37 seconds, courtesy Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam. (detail)
About the Artist
Meiro Koizumi (1976, Gunma, Japan) 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. He places characters, played by himself or others, in awkward situations. Often starting harmoniously he gradually heightens the tension manipulating the situation from humorous to painful. His performances focus and enlarge the moment when a situation gets out of control, becomes embarrassing or breaks social rules. His works also include drawings and collages. Meiro Koizumi attended the International Christian University, Tokyo; Chelsea College of Art and Design, London as well as the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam. Recent solo exhibitions include Minneapolis Institute of Fine Art, Minneapolis (2019), MUJIN-TO Production, Tokyo (2019), Annet Gelink Gallery (2017), De Hallen, Haarlem (2016), Arts Maebashi, Maebashi (2015), Kadist Art Foundation, Paris (2014), Museum of Modern Art, New York (2013), Centro de Arte de Caja de Burgos (CAB), Burgos (2012), Art Space, Sydney (2011) and the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2009). He has participated in numerous group shows such as the 7th Taiwan International Video Art Exhibition, Taipei (2020), EYE Film Museum, Amsterdam (2019), Shanghai Biennale 2018 Progress, Shanghai (2018), La Biennale Montréal, Montréal (2016), Experimenta’s 5th International Biennial of Media Art, Melbourne (2014), 8th Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale, Shenzen (2014), Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo (2014), MSGSU Tophane-i Amire Culture and Arts Center, Istanbul (2013), Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev (2012), Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (2011), Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (2011), Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool (2010), Media City, Seoul (2010), Shanghai MOCA, Shanghai (2008) and many others. His works are included in a.o. the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Kadist Art Foundation, Paris and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.