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SPAIN. "Stories of a Beautiful Country" by Meiro Koizumi, on view at the Centro de Arte Caja de Burgos
30/07/2012 11:21:32

Centro de Arte Caja de Burgos presents the exhibition "Stories of a Beautiful Country" by Meiro Koizumi, on view until 16 September 2012.

Displaying a challenging and dramatic view of current society and a sometimes merciless sense of humour, the work by Meiro Koizumi (b. 1976; Maebashi, Japan) in the field of videoart is a meditation on the human condition, eroticism, and social customs—an assessment of human vulnerability, exploring individualism and the psychology underlying urban relationships and modern life.

Completely aware of global power and of political events, and simultaneously with the Japanese tradition ever present, Koizumi records the dialogues he establishes with people narrating stories about their childhood, intimate relationships, and traumas. These conversations, at times both funny and violent, reveal emotions like passion and fits of rage through which the artist attempts to explore the underlying psychological states of his characters. Koizumi tackles their frustration and ‘distance’ by guiding them towards difficult and challenging dilemmas, dominated by an ever growing tension, until the situation gets out of control, turns violent, or leads to the breaking of social rules.

The dark, close, and claustrophobic universe created by Koizumi in his videos, the inner fight both sensual and sinister, with which he expresses his search for identity and through which he explores the depths of the human soul, are all made real via his mastery of concepts such as the moving image, aesthetics, and sound and visual composition. Often the apparently incoherent combination of different elements—a pre-defined scenario, a narration, a series of dialogues, a variety of visual symbols—reveal the richness of a work offering up different layers for interpretation, a work with new and unexpected meanings. This is the case with My voice would reach you, one of the works of art that will be displayed at the Centro de Arte Caja de Burgos CAB, reflecting one of the Japanese artist’s most recurrent worries, namely the alienation derived from life in big cities and the dislocation of family relationships. On other occasions, the artist proposes a double screen displaying the same situation or conversation from different perspectives or angles, as happens in Defect in Vision, which will also be in the exhibition at the CAB.

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Image: Meiro Koizumi. My Voice Would Reach You, 2009 Installation with HD Video / single screen HD video version 16 minutes Courtesy Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam. Source:

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