Loretta Fahrenholz

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Loretta Fahrenholz
Born1981 (age 37–38)
Starnberg, Germany
EducationAcademy of Visual Arts, Leipzig, Germany
Known forFilm and Photography

Loretta Fahrenholz (1981) is a contemporary artist working in experimental film and photography. She is based in Berlin, Germany.

Early life and education[edit]

Fahrenholz graduated from the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig, Germany in 2007.[1]


Fahrenholz is primarily known for the filmic works she calls "performative documentaries." These films frequently meld genres, and she frequently works in collaboration with her actors. Her work thematically unpacks the contradictions of various social milieus, everyday habits, and contemporary urban life.[1]

She is best known for her video Ditch Plains (2013) which depicts the East New York dance group The Ringmasters Crew as they perform among the post-apolcalyptic landscape of Brooklyn following Hurricane Sandy.[2]


Major exhibitions[edit]

Fahrenholz's first institutional solo exhibition entitled 3 Frauen was held at the Kunsthalle Zürich in 2015. The exhibition included, among others, her well-known experimental video Ditch Plains (2013), along with Implosion (2011), a film that adapted poet Kathy Acker's play of the same name. It also featured her recent experiments producing photographs using various technologies such as smartphones and 3-D point scanners. Cultural theorist Sadie Plant writes that Fahrenholz's works in this exhibition "...conjure up a sense of terrible emptiness as they explore the horrors of disembodiment, domestic and urban disconnection and the disquieting limits of role-play and make-believe."[3]

Fahrenholz has also had solo exhibitions at Reena Spaulings Fine Art in 2013 and Midway Contemporary Art in 2015.[2][4]

Public collections[edit]


Fahrenholz was awarded the Villa Romana Prize in 2014.[7]


  1. ^ a b Bell, Kirsty (2014). "In Focus: Loretta Fahrenholz". Frieze. 163.
  2. ^ a b Blagojevic, Boško (2013). "Critics' Picks: Loretta Fahrenholz". Artforum. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  3. ^ Plant, Sadie (2015–2016). "Review of Loretta Fahrenholz". Frieze d/e. no. 21.
  4. ^ McLean-Ferris, Laura (2015). "Loretta Fahrenholz Midway/Minneapolis". Flash Art. 303.
  5. ^ "Loretta Fahrenholz". 2017. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  6. ^ "Exhibition: Loretta Fahrenholz". Stedelijk Museum. 2017. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  7. ^ "Villa Romana Fellows 2014". www.villaromana.org. Retrieved 2017-03-11.