Parallel to Gallery Weekend Berlin, Fluentum presents Trash The Musical, a solo exhibition by Loretta Fahrenholz and the last exhibition in Fluentum’s pro-gram series In Medias Res: Media, (Still) Moving. The Berlin-based artist and filmmaker develops a multi-part, site-specific multimedia installation for Fluentum, consisting of objects, digital images as well as a new film that spans the entire two-story exhibition space.
Image above: Photo: Loretta Fahrenholz, production still, 2022-2023. ⓒ Loretta Fahrenholz.
Trash The Musical is the most expansive new work created by the artist in the context of an exhibition and is also her largest presentation in Berlin to date.
Loretta Fahrenholz’s post-cinematic works address a social present, in which discontinuities in media collide with collective psychological states. For her exhibition Trash The Musical, Fahrenholz has staged a cinematic musical in collaboration with performance artist Alicia McDaid that follows the performer to Los Angeles, Atlantic City, and Philadelphia, documenting a progressive dissolution of internal, external, and digital realities. In addition to the new film work, the exhibition is expanded by objects and image-based works such as Once Upon a Time in Enemy-Occupied France, a new series created using Artificial Intelligence, which translates Quentin Tarantino’s feature film Inglourious Basterds––originally filmed in what is now Fluentum’s exhibition space––into the style of historical war photography. Trash The Musical is about historiography as fiction, as performance, and about waste disposal.
Recent solo exhibitions by Loretta Fahrenholz include Kölnischer Kunstverein; n.b.k., Berlin; Lumiar Cité, Lisbon; mumok – Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Fridericianum, Kassel; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, and Kunsthalle Zürich. Loretta Fahrenholz lives and works in Berlin.
Trash The Musical by Loretta Fahrenholz is the third and final exhibition in Fluentum’s program series In Medias Res: Media, (Still) Moving (2021–2023). Consisting of new commissions, 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 storytelling in moving image works. The historical, political, and discursive levels of the building in which Fluentum operates today serve as the series’ starting point. In Medias Res: Media, (Still) Moving is curated by Dennis Brzek, Curator at Fluentum, and Junia Thiede, Artistic Director.
Fluentum is a platform dedicated to presenting, producing, and collecting time-based art, in particular video and film, and was founded in 2019 by Berlin-based software entrepreneur Markus Hannebauer. The platform’s exhibition space is located in the imposing main building of a former military facility. Constructed between 1936 and 1938 during the era of National Socialism by architect Fritz Fuß as “Luftgaukommando III,” the building served a key infrastructural role for the German Luftwaffe. After World War II, US forces utilized the building as their military and intelligence headquarters until the last GI departed in 1994.
Tuesday, 25. April 2023, 5 to 9 pm
Wednesday, 26 April – Saturday, 29 July 2023