Omer Fast at GB Agency

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Omer Fast, Nostalgia, 2009. Video.

In an upcoming exhibition at GB Agency in Paris, Omer Fast will present two works; his video Nostalgia and the installation The Forlorn Lover’s Guide to the Underground and to Doubles. In these works, Fast continues his exploration of displacement and memory.

Nostalgia is a three-part scenario based on a conversation the artist had with a Nigerian political refugee, where the viewer is taken on a physical and spatial journey that weaves fact with fiction. Apart from the obvious political implications of the work, Fast also addresses the ways that history is told and reformulated, forcing viewers to reconsider what is real and fabricated.

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Omer Fast, Nostalgia, 2009. Video.

The fist scenario of Nostalgia displays a man moving in the woods telling the story of a country destroyed by war. The shots are shaky and taken to seem like an amateur video. The second part recreates the conversation that the artist had with a man who is seeking political asylum in the UK. Here, the film is more polished than the first creating more complex and sophisticated narratives. The final part of the video is shot on 16mm to seem like a full blown movie production, where an emigrant is arrested on the coast of West Africa.

-Carla Acevedo

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Omer Fast, Nostalgia, 2009. Video.

Omer Fast was born in Jerusalem and lives and works in Berlin. He gained international attention at the 2008 Whitney Biennial with The Casting, a video installation that weaves a two-sided narrative told by an American soldier. Omer Fast’ s work has been recently exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Kunstverein Hannover, Barbican Art Gallery, London; Kunsthaus Baselland, Basel MUMOK- Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna; The Carnegie Museum, Pittsburg; Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin and Centre Pompidou Paris. In 2008 Omer Fast participated in the Whitney Biennial and received the Bucksbaum Award and in 2009 he was awarded the Preis der Nationalgalerie für Junge Kunst.

All images via GB Agency. Production photographs: Thierry Bal

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