Artists Space

Haust
Loretta Fahrenholz

Screening
July 12, 2013, 7pm

Loretta Fahrenholz’s film Haust (2010) uses the hermetic setting of a shared household as its principle location, and centers on the lives and relationships of a group of former art students in East Germany. The loose narrative is fictional, yet the film adopts a mode of realism and intimacy emphasized by the use of non-actors (a group of Fahrenholz’s artist friends), and a semi-documentary staging within domestic, work and educational environments. In its suggestion of artistic discourse as contained within personal intimacies and economic urgencies, Haust explores the margins of the professionalized art system – a position geographically, economically and critically distanced from the circulations of the art market, yet nonetheless one discursively and psychologically embedded in the compromised dynamics of the system.

A woman holding a large blue bag
[A woman holding a large blue bag]

Fahrenholz’s film extends from a recent history of social realism as genre within German cinema, as a counterpoint to the familiar distanciating techniques of artists’ film and video. In the context of the exhibition Pride Goes Before a Fall / Beware of a Holy Whore, Haust portrays a gap between artistic labor and notions of “real” life as a problem of both representational and emotional estrangement.

This event is supported by MINI/Goethe-Institut Curatorial Residencies Ludlow 38

Haust is one program in a series of evenings from:

Pride Goes Before a Fall Beware of a Holy Whore: an exhibition in two acts

June 30 – August 25, 2013

Loretta Fahrenholz (born Starnberg, 1981) is an artist/filmmaker and has had recent solo exhibitions at Reena Spaulings Fine Art and Sotoso (both 2011); and Halle Für Kunst Lüneburg (2013). In Fall 2013 she will present two new films at Ludlow 38 and Reena Spaulings Fine Art.