Total Ecstasy

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Kamikaze Dog # 1 , 2009 Colour Photograph 58 X 48 Cm © Courtesy of the Artist and Annet Gelink Gallery
Total Ecstasy

Laurierstraat 187-189
1016 PL Amsterdam
April 24th, 2010 - May 22nd, 2010

Canal Girdle
+ 31 20 3302066
Tues-Fri 10-6; Sat 1-6
videos, sculptures, photography, works on paper



Annet Gelink Gallery proudly presents its second exhibition of Meiro Koizumi (1976). Under  he name of Total Ecstasy, Koizumi is showing new works related to his performance series  ‘Melodrama for Men’. Meiro Koizumi’s many-sided works render a portrait of modern  Japanese society. In his videos, sculptures, photos and works on paper nationalism, rituals  and dealing with a country with its emotionally charged history play a key role. His video  works are recordings of performances – carried out by himself or by an actor – which slowly  develop into absurd, tragicomical, sometimes even aggressive situations. Meiro Koizumi  investigates in his work the true nature of human psychology and its deepest, darkest  emotions.

The exhibition Total Ecstasy is all about the performance ‘Melodrama for Men # 4 – Historical  Fuck’, the fourth part in the performance series ‘Melodrama for Men’ (as of 2008).  In  this performance, which will take place during the opening of the exhibition on Saturday 24  pril, Meiro Koizumi draws parallels between moments of ecstasy in sexuality and in  nationalistic feelings. Where in the previous performances the artist puts himself in the  position of amongst others Japanese Kamikaze General Takijiro Ohnishi, who after his war  crimes committed ritual Harakiri suicide, and a Dutch woman who was abused as sex slave  during World War II by Japanese soldiers, ‘Historical Fuck’ is in particular about the Japanese sense of inferiority in regard to the West.

Koizumi assumes a double role of on the one hand a Japanese officer, and on the other hand  a blonde (Western) woman. The sexually charged ritual acts he carries out during the  performance result eventually in a moment of ecstasy, and a birth. Once again, this work  affects personal human suffering, but also a striking phenomenon in Japanese society.  According to the artist, Japanese men are still speaking of a ‘victory’ when having sex with a   blonde woman. The sense of inferiority is still playing an important role, certainly since World War II.

The performance takes place in a set full of attributes and technical equipment, which  continues to be visible during the exhibition. In addition, there are drawings, photos and  archive materials on display which are related to ‘Historical Fuck’ and to earlier performances  from the ‘Melodrama for Men’ series.

Meiro Koizumi studied at the Chelsea College of Art and Design in London and at  Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. After various exhibitions in amongst  others Tate Modern in London and Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam he had in 2009 his  first solo exhibition in a museum at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo and a retrospective at  Hedreen Gallery in Seattle. In addition, he participated in the Nanjing Triennale in 2008.  Upcoming shows will be during the Aichi Triennale 2010 and the 6th Seoul International Media  Art Biennial ‘Media-City Seoul’.