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Meiro Koizumi, My Voice Would Reach You, 2009.

My Voice Would Reach You (2009)

Dislocation and the fetishisation of relationships underlie the work of Meiro Koizumi, and especially so in My Voice Would Reach You. In a video documenting a performance of sorts, a male protagonist makes an idealised telephone call that falls on deaf ears. While the man pours out his thoughts and emotions to his mother, against the backdrop of a busy Tokyo street, a call centre employee is revealed to be desperately trying to make sense of what she is hearing on the other end - a romantic request to share a spa holiday in the country together, a particular gesture in Japanese culture to signify wealth. As the video progresses, the protagonist continues to make heartfelt 'prank calls' in an attempt to communicate his feelings to these surrogates, reaching out to his mother too late.

Reflecting on both the estrangement of life in the city and the folly of modern familial relationships, Koizumi contrasts humour with heartfelt emotion to create an absurd scenario that is compounded by the lead
actor's own experience of losing his mother. Here and in his other work, he uses video in a way that documents performances, conversations and constructed scenarios to explore the psychology of urban relationships and modern living.