Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art & The Japan Foundation present

Artist Presentation by Meiro KOIZUMI

Moderated by Tomoko Kuroiwa

September 22, 2011 | 5.30 pm
FICA Reading Room, D 42, Defence Colony, New Delhi 110024 


As part of the ongoing series of presentations by Japanese artists who are of the exhibition Journey to the West (from theOmnilogue series), to be held at Lalit Kala Akademi in New Delhi in January 2012, we have with us video and performance artist Meiro Koizumi. Often in dialogue with actors or through his own performances, he creates precarious situations that are psychologically unstable and often as manipulative of actors as they are of the viewer. His most recent series of work are thematically focused on Japanese World War II history. 

Koizumi studied at Chelsea College of Art and Design, London (1999-2002), and Rijksakademie van beeldend kunsten, Amsterdam (2005-2006). His solo exhibitions include Total Ecstasy at Annet Gelink Gallery (2010), MAM Project 009: Meiro Koizumi at Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2009), and The Corner of Bitter and Sweet at Open Satellite, Bellevue, WA, USA (2009). Recently he participated in group shows such as Liverpool Biennial (2010), Media City Seoul (2010), Aichi Triennale, Japan (2010), and Nanjing Triennale, China (2008). He lives and works in Yokohama. 
Tomoko Kuroiwa completed her MA in Art Administration and Curatorship at Goldsmith College of Art, UK. She joined the Mori Art Museum Tokyo as a pre-opening coordinator (2001- 02) then worked as an assistant curator (2002-09). She was engaged in various projects including Chalo! India: A New Era of Indian Art (2008-09). She has been living in New Delhi since April 2009 and working on independent projects. She is working as a project coordinator for the upcoming exhibition Journey to the West.

Omnilogue is a series of three co-curated group exhibitions of contemporary Japanese art that will take place in Perth, New Delhi and Singapore in 2011-2012. Each exhibition has a different curatorial theme and title, specific to its local, cultural contexts. The Omnilogue series, which aims to open up new possibilities of multi-directional discussions on cultural exchanges through contemporary art, will culminate in a publication featuring material on all three exhibitions and a symposium on issues concerning Asian art in Singapore in June, 2012. The curatorial team comprises of Kyongfa Che, Shihoko Iida, Nivedita Magar, Chattiya Kate Nitpolprasert and Simon Soon. The exhibition is organised by The Japan Foundation.

Image Courtesy: Meiro KOIZUMI. Portrait of a Young Samurai, 9' 45", 2009