“Good to see a video of you, so that I can believe all that happened is really true, and not a dream.” – Matthias

My American Girl (2018) is a collaborative performance of fantasy by a German man (Matthias) and an American woman (Annika). Our correspondence began on Berlin Craigslist, where Matthias was “looking for an American girl” years after a cross-continental relationship disintegrated and left him with a feeling of longing. Matthias and I began corresponding with one another as placebo lovers, inserting each other into real histories and rewriting past narratives, transforming our loss into a malleable love object.