Meiro Koizumi “Dreamscapegoatfuck”
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The exhibition consists of a video installation and a virtual reality video installation that will be on view for the first time in Japan and a sculpture work to connect these two video works.
The video installation “Battlelands” (2018) was created at the request of Pérez Art Museum Miami. The film was shot with the help of seven United States veterans who served in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Koizumi had them blindfolded, mounted bodycams on their heads, and asked them to verbally depict everyday life in the current homes and the cities where they live. And in the very same place, he asked them to recount the moment they felt most stressed at the battlefield. Koizumi edited these two types of images as a seamless mixture of images, which make the viewers feel as if the war is adjacent to their daily lives.
What influence does the ultimate state of war and destruction have on people’s memories and their daily lives? And what is the personal “choice” for soldiers in a situation that they must obey orders? How long the emotional battle will last? This work is the result of Koizumi’s attempt to battle against these questions that underlie the glamorous American Dream.
Paired with “Battlelands” is “Sacrifice” (2018), Koizumi’s first VR installation. Koizumi travelled to Baghdad to shoot this film after the completion of “Battlelands.” Ahmed, an Iraqi youth who cooperated with him, is in a position opposite to United States veterans, as his family was killed in the Iraq War. The viewer is virtually embedded in Ahmad’s body and listens to his experience while superimposing one’s body to his. The narrative begins with his childhood memories and invites the viewer through the day the war began, to the moment the family was killed in front of him, and eventually to the inescapable abyss of his trauma. What does the title “Sacrifice” mean for whom and for what? (“Sacrifice” will be screened by prior reservation. Please reserve a seat in advance.)
from July 20, 2019 to September 06, 2019
Closed from August 11th to 14th for summer holidays.
Opening Reception on 2019-07-20 from 15:00 to 17:00