Public Space With A Roof

Meiro Koizumi

Japan, 1976
“Whether or not to sing the national anthem at public ceremonies is a very hot issue in Japan today. Our national anthem is contaminated with the dirty history of WWII. Some nationalistic politicians are trying to make people sing it ‘from the bottom of our hearts’. Some left-wing people are refusing to sing it. But what would happen if someone sang it oddly or too loudly?” The videos of Meiro Koizumi take the viewer by surprise with their harshness and directness. The combination of seemingly simple content and very strong imagery lead to artworks that are simultaneously repulsive and captivating. So much so, that an art critic might sometimes feel redundant. Meiro Koizumi studied in Tokyo and at Chelsea College of Art in London. He was artist in residence at ARCUS, Japan in 2003 and gained a Student Film & Video Award in 2001. He has exhibited at the 2002 Liverpool Biennale – New Contemporaries, the Barbican Centre (London, UK) and elsewhere in Europe, Japan and New Zealand. He is currently an artist in residence at the Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunste, Amsterdam.