Netherlands Patron Circle

Meiro Koizumi‘Today’, 2016



Outset Netherlands is delighted to support the production of a three piece video installation for the first solo exhibition TODAY MY EMPIRE SINGS (24 September 2016 – 08 January 2017) of Meiro Koizumi at the De Hallen Haarlem.


Meiro Koizumi (1976) is among the most distinctive Japanese voices in today’s art. In his stirring performances and video installations, he stages psychologically charged situations that involve a subtle manipulation of the viewer’s expectations. In an occasionally provocative manner Koizumi makes political and social power relationships – between the state and the individual, but also between the artist, his actors and his audience – the key focus of his work. In his most recent, controversial works that deal with the complex symbolic figure of the Japanese emperor, the artist raises questions about symbol politics, self-censorship and freedom of expression: matters that have become increasingly relevant in present-day Europe as well.