Defect in Vision, 2011
two-channel video installation
1/5 + 2 A.P.
part of the collection of Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam and De Hallen, Haarlem, The Netherlands and part of the collection of Centro de Arte Caja de Burgos, Burgos, Spain
2015 Trapped Voice Would Dream of Silence, Arts Maebashi, JP
2014-2015 Collection presentation, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Amsterdam, NL
2013, Solo show Projects 99, MoMA, New York
2013 Art Rotterdam with Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam, NL
2012 Pinchuk Future Generation Art Prize 2012, PinchukArtCentre, Kiev, UA
2012 Defect in Vision, Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam, NL
2012 Stories of a Beautiful Country, Centro de Arte Caja de Burgos (CAB), Burgos, ES
2011 Invisible Memories (group show), Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, JP
2015 Trapped Voice Would Dream of Silence, GENDAIKIKAKUSHITSU PUBLISHERS Co., Ltd.
2012 "MEIRO KOIZUMI. STORIES OF A BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY", Centro de Arte, Caja De Burgos
Defect in Vision (2011) is projected on a double-sided screen, showing the same situation and conversation through different angles and perspectives. One can follow a conversation over a dinner table in a traditional Japanese interior. Two blind actors talk about World War II in the privacy of their warm home, wondering when the war will be over whilst eating, drinking and reading the newspaper. The scene is repeated several times, while more and more objects are being removed from the table, exposing the blindness of the actors.
Traditionally blindness has been romantically used by arts and literature as a metaphor of the power to see things invisible, and it is used as an effect to create a dramatic story. Blind characters are usually played by actors who can see. As in many of his works, in Defect in Vision Koizumi turns the tradition around, in this case asking a truly blind person to act as someone who can actually see. Defect in Vision illustrates Koizumi’s interpretation of blindness in a moving but also acutely distinctive way.