• Loretta Fahrenholz, Implosion, 2011, HD video, color, sound, 30 minutes.

    Loretta Fahrenholz

    Kunsthalle Zurich
    Limmatstrasse 270
    August 29–November 8, 2015

    Curated by Daniel Baumann

    The half-dozen films Loretta Fahrenholz has made to date employ the filmic forms of a wide range of genres as they engage with particular social coteries (from art students sharing a flat in Leipzig to New York street dancers) whose group dynamics, codes, and visual markers Fahrenholz abstracts and extrapolates into highly aestheticized portraits. Staging systems rather than story lines, vocabularies rather than dialogue, and bodies rather than subjects, her films bring a merciless perspective to the language games and body languages through which power relations are tested and reinscribed. The first installment of this two-part exhibition, a survey, promises to highlight the concerns and stakes of her practice. In 2016, a new film coproduced with the Fridericianum, Kassel, will be presented at both venues, accompanied by a catalogue.