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Errol Nordstedt alias Eddie Meduza
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Bodil Furu

This is a portrait of a genuinely eccentric Swedish musician named Eddie Meduza (1948-2002). Eddie Meduza was undoubtedly Sweden’s king of the subculture ‘raggare’, a Swedish expression for cruisers. His music became characterized as uncomplicated 50’s rock. He has seduced multiple generations with tracks like Pünkjävlar (Asshole Punks), Mere Brännvin (More Booze) Såssialdemokraterna (Social Democrats) and Runke Ball (Jack off Ball).

Already in the beginning of his career, at the end of the 70’s, he was considered taboo by the Swedish public. He was hated by the cultural elite for his incorrect appearance and his ‘I don’t give a fuck’ attitude. However, he was loved by many for his pride in being an outsider.

Through a peculiar design of community involvement, he commented on different phenomena in a vulgar and ironic manner. His songs were seen as provocative, as they dealt with subjects such as alcohol, women and sex. Eddie Meduza, whose real name was Errol Nordstedt, was found dead at the age of 53, in his home in the south of Sweden, on January 17th 2002. The cause of death given was heart failure caused by high alcohol consumption and life in the hard and fast lane.

Aspect ratio 1,78:1 (4:3 Letterbox)
Prod. format Generic SD-video
Duration 00:21:00
Language Swedish
Color Color
Year 2002
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About the artist

Born in 1976, lives and works in Oslo, Norway.

She graduated from The National Academy of Fine Arts in Oslo, Norway in 2002. She has contributed documentary films and video works to exhibitions and film festivals in Europe, Africa, Asia and USA. Her films have been shown at MoMA in New York, the International Istanbul Biennial, the 4th Ars Baltica Triennial of Photographic Art, The Busan Biennale 2007, South Korea, Johannesburg Art Gallery, South Africa, Oberhausen Short Film Festival, the Lubumbashi Biennale 2013, Lubumbashi, DRC, Beaconsfield Contemporary Art, London, Moscow documentary film festival, Montreal Short Film Festival, Tromsø International Film Festival, Norway and the Biennale of Sydeny 2014.

She has worked as an associated professor at the Tromsø Academy of Contemporary Art, University in Tromsø, and The National Academy of Fine Arts in Oslo, Norway. Previous years solo exhibitions include Heimdal Kunstforening, Künstnerhaus Bethaninen, Berlin, Kunsthall Oslo among many others.

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