Born 1976 Gunma, Japan
Lives and works in
Working predominantly in video, Meiro Koizumi blends striking formal experimentation with acute social commentary, often directed at the rise of ultra-nationalism in Japan, along with memories and representations of the Pacific War. Koizumi initially created performance videos in which he was the primary actor; subsequently he extended this to work with other actors, and sometimes audience members, creating situations in which he would play a role of interference, probing or aggravation. His videos often focus on everyday scenarios, performances or situations, which suddenly build in tension and risk breaking out of control. From interviews with former Kamikaze pilots to emotive evocations of extreme political antagonism, Koizumi uses the medium of video to reveal the fragility of the human psyche, and to draw his viewers into the complex relationships between the individual and power.