Omer Fast's works examine how individual and collective histories interact. “Continuity” is Fast's latest work. It follows a middle-aged German couple as they emotionally reunite with a young soldier just back from service in Afghanistan. What first appears to be a straight-forward family drama becomes increasingly tangled: A series of young men spend the night with the couple, repeatedly reenacting a ritual whose ostensible purpose is mourning but which repeatedly slips into the oedipal and the uncanny.
“Continuity” was commissioned by dOCUMENTA (13) and Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna, with the support of 3sat, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH, Berlin, and OK Offenes Kulturhaus Oberösterreich and produced by Filmgalerie 451, Berlin.
At 6 p.m. KINO DER KUNST invites to an artist talk with Omer Fast. The conversation will be presented by Bernhart Schwenk, Curator of Contemporary Art, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich.
Omer Fast (born 1972, Jerusalem) lives and works in Berlin. He was the recipient of the 2009 Preis der Nationalgalerie für Junge Kunst and the 2008 Bucksbaum Award. Fast has had solo exhibitions at the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus; The Power Plant, Toronto; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Berkeley Art Museum; Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo; Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne; La Caixa Forum, Barcelona; South London Gallery, London and MUMOK- Museum Moderner Kunst Stifung Ludwig, Vienna. His work has been included in LLUMInations, 54th Venice Biennale, dOCUMENTA (13), Performa 09, the 2008 and 2002 Whitney Biennials and Liverpool Biennial 2008 as well as group exhibitions at institutions such as Centre Pompidou, Paris; ZKM, Karlsruhe; Barbican Art Gallery, London and The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC, among other venues.