Performative Recollection: Koizumi Meiro Representations of Kamikaze Pilots and the Trauma of the Asia-Pacific War in Japan

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Abstract

This article explores the kamikaze videos of Koizumi Meiro and the way he portrays the perpetrator’s trauma in Japan. The text outlines the current trends of romantic nostalgia toward wartime Japan, while positioning Koizumi’s as a critical project vis-à-vis these trends. Koizumi’s use of performance art and applies theatrical methods, as well as methods of editing and split screens is a productive means for the postmemory generation in bringing the audience to rethink its position towards war memory, and re-experience the trauma of the perpetrator and its affect today.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInterdisciplinary Handbook of Trauma and Culture
EditorsYochai Ataria, David Gurevitz, Haviva Pedaya, Yuval Neria
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Chapter8
Pages117-131
Number of pages15
Edition1st ed. 2016.
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-29404-9
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-29402-5
StatePublished - 2016

Keywords

  • Video art
  • Performance art
  • Koizumi Meiro
  • World War II
  • Japan
  • Memory

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