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Magnus Bärtås

Despite Ola S. Svensson’s uncontrollable laughter, huge body and habit for digressing into long, detailed accounts of obscure fractions of knowledge, he was predicted a bright future within the Social Democratic party. His sudden sickness and death from AIDS coincides with the death of politics as an expression of intention and will, and as a force for social imagination. Ola S. Svensson’s time in politics was a transitory period, to a phase that has been called the era of post-politics. With a few props, a few images and minimal action, the tragic biography of Ola S. Svensson is told.

English title Biography
Aspect ratio 1.78:1 (16:9)
Prod. format
Duration 00:21:00
Language Swedish
Year 2012
Latest screening Mar 6, 2014
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About the artist

Magnus Bärtås

Born 1962 in Jönköping, Sweden. Currently based in Stockholm, Sweden.

Magnus Bärtås is an artist and author. His installations and video essays are often investigating in the fields of marginal architecture, biography and storytelling. He is a professor of fine arts at Konstfack, the University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm since 2008. His PhD in practice-based research was presented in 2010 (You Told Me – work stories and video essays). His video essay Madame & Little Boy won the grand prize at Oberhausen International Film Festival. He has published three books of essays together with Fredrik Ekman. Their latest book (Alla monster måste dö) was nominated to the Swedish national book prize (Augustpriset). He participated in ‘Reshapes’, the IASPIS contribution to The Venice Biennale in 2003, “Modernautställningen” at Moderna Museet, Stockholm 2006 and 2010 and the 9:th Gwangju Biennale 2012 among other exhibitions.