The photographs and films of Loretta Fahrenholz challenge the fictions and enactments of our media society. Her work focuses on individuals whose action is shaped by social or economic pressures, and whose group behavior reflects the anxieties and dynamics of our present. Role-play, improvisation, and targeted references to film genres such as science fiction, fantasy, porn, and documentary, lead in the works of Fahrenholz to moments of irritation and defamiliarization, making the borders between film and everyday presentation, and between staging and action unclear. In the course of her critical look at different social milieus Fahrenholz works closely together with the protagonists in her films, and reacts spontaneously to local conditions of production.
Fahrenholz has worked with the New York dance group Ringmasters Crew, and is now planning a further cooperation for her mumok project, this time with the Wooster Group, also in New York, a legendary group of artists that works with theater, dance, and media, and is seen as a forerunner of post-dramatic theater that has had a key influence on art production in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s.
Curated by Matthias Michalka