3 Frauen, the title of the exhibition, refers to Robert Altman‘s film of the same name from 1977. It depicts the increasingly bizarre relationship between three women in a small and dusty town in California.
Loretta Fahrenholz is an artist and filmmaker who lives between New York and Berlin. She investigates different social milieus and the various fictions and desires that are played out, with whatever degree of intention, among actors, narratives, and the given means of production. In this, Fahrenholz gives equal importance to the act of manipulating a set of circumstances and the condition of allowing herself to be manipulated by them. She often references specific genres (e.g., disaster flicks, documentary, porn) allowing for narrative and formal contradictions to emerge that, in turn, simultaneously encourage and impede identification. This dynamic is echoed on a thematic level: In Fahrenholz’ films, isolated bodies attempt to function as a community. Sometimes they succeed, and sometimes they don’t.