14 September 2010

Japanese artist Meiro Koizumi’s work will be at FACT during the 10th Liverpool Biennial Festival of Contemporary Art which opens this weekend!  This year’s exhibition theme is Touched, and FACT is interpreting this as the idea of a ‘mother’s touch’, exploring themes of separation and loss and asking how we use virtual media to keep our relationships alive.

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Historically Meiro has exhibited in cities such as Tokyo, London and Amsterdam; carefully selected for their scrutinisation of their built environments, political and social climates and residents.  He used these temporary surroundings to influence his thoughts and to evaluate his own self.

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His work typically examines perceptions of freedom, with past work tackling the plight of Japanese farmers residing in America during World War Two, and the way that post-war residential and commercial development encroached on their agribusinesses.  He marked his symbolic homage to the once countrified land now urbanised and commercial, by growing a real strawberry field to house his work within the Open Satellite gallery in Washington, USA.

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My Voice Will Reach You is a single channel video installation that documents a futile phone call made from one man to his mother.  Against a backdrop of a busy Tokyo street, the protagonist pours out his thoughts and feelings to his mother, but really on the other end of the line is a perplexed call centre employee struggling to make sense of his emotional tirade.

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This work examines our busy urban lives, and the weight of this upon our relationships.  He contrasts humour with the heartfelt autobiographical experience of losing a mother, exploring the virtualisation of our relationships as the man desperately tries to use modern technology to reach out and touch his mother, but discovers the bond he thought he had was in fact false.

 
My Voice Would Reach You (2009) 
Single channel version
HD video installation
16minutes 45seconds
commissioned by Mori Art Museum
Courtesy of Dicksmith Gallery & Annet Gelink Gallery

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