Artist talk – Axel Petersén


Axel Petersén is a visual artist, film maker and aspiring actor, born in Stockholm.

 He’s made numerous films and video installations that’s been shown widely in both art and film contexts. He just finished his first feature film AVALON, which has won the critics award in the Toronto film festival and was shown in the Berlinale and the Venice film festival. Axel Graduated last year with an MFA from The Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm, and he will be attending the Mountain School of Arts in Los Angeles in January. Currently he’s preparing a show, A Suppressed Motive, for Niklas Belenius Gallery and writes the screenplay for his upcoming feature; Under the Pyramid.

In the lecture Axel will show his video-installation-turned-short-film, The Tracks of my Tears 2, that tells the story of a car, Ferrari Testarossa, allegedly stolen from Saddam Hussein’s palace in Bagdad, when it was looted at 2003.  He will show stills and clips from other works, among them Close to God / Far from Home (somewhere in between pop & classical) which was shot in Biet Lechem, and discuss his process.