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The Good Terrorist
Marie Karlberg

The Good Terrorist is a narrative video that over the course of an hour dramatizes the lives of some inept leftist radicals whose plan to bomb something or other goes awry.

One can detect the doom from the moment Karlberg’s Alice and her repellent boyfriend, Jasper come across a numbskull drumming on a construction bucket in an empty room. The work’s plot is drawn from the eponymous 1985 novel by Doris Lessing, but as moving image it plays as a reprise of Godard’s 1967 La Chinoise, in which a similarly youthful, attractive, and abstruse bunch of Maoists plot an assassination that kills the wrong guy. 

Keywords Dance , Feminism, LGBTQ, Power, Characters, Satire
Aspect ratio 1.78:1 (16:9)
Prod. format Generic HD-video
Duration 01:01:00
Language English
Color Color
Sound Stereo
Year 2021
Latest screening Sep 15, 2022
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About the artist

Marie Karlberg

Marie Karlberg (b.1985 in Stockholm, Sweden) is an artist based in New York, US. Karlberg has shown work at Greater New York, MoMA PS1, New York; Tramps, New York; Bonny Poon, Paris; Plymouth Rock, Zurich; Tramps, London and Reena Spaulings Fine Arts, New York. She has staged performances at Elevation1049, Gstaad; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Künstlerhaus Halle für Kunst & Medien, Graz and Artists Space, New York. Karlberg has participated in group shows and ensemble performances at various galleries and institutions such as The 9th Berlin Biennale, Berlin; the Goethe Institute, New York; Schinkel Pavillion, Berlin; Whitney Museum of Art, New York and MoMA, New York, US. Karlberg’s work is included in the following public collections the Schaulager Foundation, Münchenstein; Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris,; and Moderna Museet, Stockholm.