Oral History

Meiro Koizumi

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Takeover: I. Tongue Takeover Oral History
Meiro Koizumi

47 Minutes

Repeat: Dec 15-16 ET

We asked random people on the streets of Japan the question: “What happened in and around Japan between 1900 to 1945? Please tell us as much as you know.” We shot only their mouths, so they wouldn’t have to feel embarrassed if they made mistakes in front of the camera. As expected, most people could not give correct answers. We collected 200 answers and edited them into one timeline, creating an image of a void in collective memory.

This screening is part of Tongue Takeover, the first chapter of the online program Takeover curated by Julian Ross for e-flux Video & Film, and unfolding in six chapters between September 22 and December 15, 2022, with the films and videos of each chapter streaming for two weeks.

For more information, contact program@e-flux.com.

Film, War & Conflict
Video Art, Japan, History, Nuclear War, Accidents & Disasters, Storytelling
Return to I. Tongue Takeover

Meiro Koizumi (b. 1976, Gunma, Japan) lives and works in Yokohama, Japan. His solo exhibitions include Battlelands at Perez Art Museum Miami (2018); Portrait of a Failed Silence, MUAC, Mexico City (2015); Trapped Voice Would Dream of Silence, Arts Maebashi, Maebashi, Japan (2015); and Project Series 99: Meiro Koizumi at Museum of Modern Art, New York (2013). Recent group shows include Artes Mundi 9, National Museum Cardiff (2021); Aichi Triennale (2019); Leaving Echo Chember, Sharjah Biennale 14 (2018); Proregress, 12th Shanghai Biennale (2018); The 9th Asia Pacific Triennale, Brisbane (2018).


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