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Image of a Traitor
Felice Hapetzeder

The material in Image of a Traitor is from a meeting with a person from my childhood who had links to Nazi Germany, and who suddenly appeared in my hometown of Stockholm. How could it be that he was still alive, after all these years? And how could it be that he had come here? For me, he had always existed only in that mountain town near Linz. There was something very wrong. The act of filming became a protective effort revealing a repetition of the wordless shame from childhood of not being able to openly oppose an abhorrent ideology.

For me, the film material several years later became a reason for the Carousell collaboration. I was ashamed of the material by what it represented for me. It was something I could not truly overcome in my work; it bothered me.

We were four artists, Marit Lindberg, Kristina Kvalvik, Henrik Lund Jørgensen and I, who discovered that we all had video material that had never been used. We noticed a pattern in that the material contained a too private involvement in different ways. We decided to donate the material to each other in a circle movement within the group. Through the process, we discovered that the method of taking over someone else’s material could provide a healthy distance. When I finally cut my own material, it was loaded with the meaning of the other Carousel members’ versions and the joint conversation. It was a rewarding experience to cut and create meaning in dialogue with the works of others based on the same material.

Image of a Traitor became an uncompromising confession. For me, it is both closure for the Carousell collective working over several years, and the final part of Limits of forgiveness: Onkel Kurti, 23 min, 2008 and Origin On, three-channel installation, 54 min, 2009. Limits of forgiveness is about how secondhand experiences of war and totalitarian ideologies are passed on to and affect new generations.

English title Image of a Traitor
Keywords Documentary, Landscape, Personal
Aspect ratio 1.78:1 (16:9)
Prod. format Generic HD-video
Duration 00:08:52
Color Color
Sound Stereo
Year 2018
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About the artist

Felice Hapetzeder

Felice Hapetzeder is a visual artist (b 1973) with MFA degree from the Fine Arts department at Konstfack College of Art, Crafts and Design. He is lecturer and head of curriculum of BA in Fine Arts at Novia University from 2021. He is interested in the energy, aesthetics and social context of creative practice as well as in how identity and memory are influenced by different factors. His methods span across video art, installation, sculpture, workshop-performance and photography. He works both independently and in collaboration with others. Collaborations include Tullkomplexet (The City Limit Complex) from 2021, Samtidskonst i Bro (Contemporary art in Bro community) 2017 to 2021, the video art exchange collaboration Carousell 2013-2018, artist duo Local A. 2008-2017 and ak28 independent art space in Stockholm 2003-2008.