Opening: 12 February 2015
Exibition will run: 13 February –26 April 2015
Curator: Maria Anna Potocka
Curatorial collaboration: Delfina Jałowik
The exhibition at MOCAK, organised jointly with the Goethe-Institut in Krakow, is the first presentation of Omer Fast’s work in Poland. MOCAK will be showing four video installations: Everything That Rises Must Converge (2013, 55 min), Continuity (2012, 40 min), 5000 Feet Is the Best (2011, 30 min) and Looking Pretty for God (2008, 27 min). MOCAK bought the last of these works in 2013. The exhibition Omer Fast is a part of the programme of exhibitions within which MOCAK organises individual displays of works by artists represented in the MOCAK Collection.
Omer Fast uses film in versatile ways. His virtuosity is dazzling both in its perfection and the insidiousness of his message. In Fast’s films, the plot often takes place on a number of levels. Scenes that take place in reality clash with imagined or remembered ones. At times, the action embarked on ‘sneaks out’ of control, to be replaced by a situation from the film set – casual comments by the actors, technicians or the director himself. It feels as though we have crossed over to the other side of the screen, which for those shooting the film probably acts as a mirror.
The central theme of Omer Fast’s films is man’s treatment of himself. The artist is interested in what we do with our lives, how we distort them, how we allow ourselves to be deformed and to succumb to harmful circumstances. Omer opts for authentic protagonists, enmeshed in the events around which the plot develops. In one of his films, Spielberg’s Schindler’s List is the field of observation, in another the war in Afghanistan, in others yet – a funeral parlour and a porn film studio. All the protagonists – or rather the inspirers of Omer’s psychological analysis – have experienced extreme situations.
Fast does not deal in standard trauma where there is a brutal cause and a damaged victim. His protagonists have been hurt but they do not want to go back to their previous, ‘healthy’ state. They have become different people who now look for new values and meaning in their new incarnation. Their search may appear to be self-deception but is in fact self-defence. In Fast’s films trauma is not pain but creation.
Omer Fast conducts anthropological research, employing the analytical possibilities of enhanced film. The results of his investigation are moving and profoundly steeped in bitter humanism.
About Omer Fast
Omer Fast (b. 1972 in Jerusalem) lives and works in Berlin. He creates film stories related to current world events and to the private experiences of individuals. His works reflect on history and the processes that shape our memory of events. Fast highlights the fluidity of the boundary between document and fiction, history and how it is perceived. Omer Fast’s works can be found in the collections of museums including: the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Hamburger Bahnhof, MUMOK and MOCAK.
The artist has presented his works in numerous group and individual exhibitions all over the world, including documenta 13 in Kassel. He has received a number of awards, i.a., the Bucksbaum Award of the Whitney Museum of American Art (2008) and the Preis der Nationalgalerie für Junge Kunst (2009).