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Fluentum shows Loretta Fahrenholz with Trash The Musical | 26.04.–29.07.2023

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Parallel to Gallery Weekend Berlin, Fluentum is opening the solo exhibition Trash The Musical by artist Loretta Fahrenholz, which is also the last exhibition in the programme series In Medias Res: Media, (Still) Moving. For Fluentum, the Berlin-based artist and filmmaker is developing a site-specific multi-part multimedia installation consisting of objects, digital images and a new film that spans the entire two-storey exhibition space.

Image above: Photo: Loretta Fahrenholz, production still, 2022-2023. ⓒ Loretta Fahrenholz. 

Fluentum is pleased to open Trash The Musical, a solo exhibition by Loretta Fahrenholz and the final part of the programme series In Medias Res: Media, (Still) Moving. Trash The Musical is Fahrenholz’s most extensive exhibition in Berlin to date.

The 37-minute film Trash The Musical (2023), which also gives the exhibition its title, was made over the last two years together with performance artist Alicia McDaid. To clear out her uncle’s house, McDaid travels from Los Angeles back to her old hometown of Philadelphia. During her month-long clean-up, the place becomes the backdrop for her vocal performances and bizarre self-dramatisations for her online platforms. Amidst her uncle’s cluttered legacy, she takes on the roles of celebrities and movie characters, offering make-up tutorials, TikTok dances and social critiques to her followers. In her depictions, which Fahrenholz allows to grow together into a wild post-cinematic collage, McDaid radically confronts fears and questions – about growing older, unredeemed dreams, ghosting and the difference between art and rubbish. The works Once Upon a Time in Enemy-Occupied France (2023) and i make mistakes just to learn who i am (2023) continue Fahrenholz’s interest in digital image processes.

DEEDS NEWS - Courtesy of Fluentum -Loretta Fahrenholz, Trash the Musical, Visual, 2023. Copyright the artist
Loretta Fahrenholz, Trash the Musical, visual, 2023. Copyright the artist.

Loretta Fahrenholz has recently had solo exhibitions at the Kölnischer Kunstverein, n.b.k., Berlin, Lumiar Cité, Lisbon, mumok – Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, the Fridericianum, Kassel, the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, and the Kunsthalle Zürich, among others. Loretta Fahrenholz lives and works in Berlin.

Trash The Musical by Loretta Fahrenholz is the third and final exhibition to take place as part of the programme series In Medias Res: Media, (Still) Moving (2021-2023). Consisting of new productions, group and solo exhibitions as well as a multi-part publication series, In Medias Res: Media, (Still) Moving focuses on the methods and processes of remembering and narrating in the moving image. The historical, political and discursive levels of the building in which Fluentum works today serve as the starting point for this. The programme series is curated by Dennis Brzek, curator at Fluentum, and Junia Thiede, artistic director.

About Fluentum

Fluentum is a non-profit, privately run exhibition house dedicated to exhibiting, producing and collecting contemporary art with a particular focus on the time-based media of film and video. An initiative of Berlin-based entrepreneur and collector Markus Hannebauer, Fluentum opened its exhibition space in a former military installation in Berlin in 2019. The building complex was built during the National Socialist era between 1936 and 1938 by the architect Fritz Fuß as Luftgaukommando III and served as the central infrastructure for the German Air Force. After the Second World War, the building was used by the US armed forces as military and intelligence headquarters in West Berlin until the last GI left in 1994.



Tuesday, 25. April 2023, 5 to 9 pm

Exhibition dates:

Wednesday, 26 April – Saturday, 29 July 2023

Special opening hours | Gallery Weekend Berlin 2023

until Sunday, 30 April, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Regular opening hours

Fridays, 11 am to 5 pm and Saturdays, 11 am to 4 pm


Clayallee 174
14195 Berlin

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