Meiro Koizumi - Double projection at Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam
Koizumi’s oeuvre consists of layered, often confrontational and subversive works. The majority of his (video) works have an implicit duality, being both tragic and comically absurd, as well as exploiting and manipulating the emotions at stake. This exploration of melodrama and the use of duality is a central to his artistic practice, especially in the mediums of film and performance.
In the two Double Projection videos on show, Koizumi confronts us with the duality of the kamikaze figure. Should we consider them as victims of their time, unable to counter the tide of nationalism that reigned during WWII? Or do we rather see them as men who willingly gave their life for national pride? And what, in the end, does our judgement mean?