Omer Fast (born 1972, Jerusalem, Israel) is a contemporary video artist. He received his BFA from Tufts University, School of the Museum of Fine Arts in 1995 and an MFA from Hunter College in 2000. He was the recipient of the 2009 Preis der Nationalgalerie für Junge Kunst and the 2008 Bucksbaum Award from the Whitney Museum of American Art, among other honours. Fast has had solo exhibitions at the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus (2012), Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2010), Berkeley Art Museum (2009), Museum of Modern Art, Vienna (2007), Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh (2005), Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich (2004), and the Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt (2003). His work has also been featured in dOCUMENTA (13) (2012) and numerous biennials and group exhibitions. His work is in such international collections as the Whitney Museum of American Art, Guggenheim Museum of Art, Hamburger Bahnhof, Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and the Museum of Modern Art, Vienna. His work is represented by gb agency, Paris and ARRATIA, BEER, Berlin.
The viewer walks into the screening room of the The Casting initially encountering two hanging projection screens. Each screen contains a different depiction of a narrative showing the characters acting while silent and remaining completely still. The projection screens are double sided and contain two additional images on the rear side where the viewer sees two men engaged in an interview. The two men are a young American Army sergeant and the artist in a dialog about the narrative. The artist states during the interview that he is interested only in memory and how memory gets mediated; he says the work he is trying to achieve has or should have no political slant. Although the work is politically ambiguous it shows the powerlessness of an American Army sergeant in the current Iraqi conflict and possibly the powerlessness of perceived American hegemonic power.
In 2002, Fast released CNN Concatenated, an 18-minute long single-channel video which uses CNN footage. The video is cut so that each word is spoken by a different newsperson. The pieces literally asks the viewers questions about media authenticity and give CNN a distinct voice.
In October 2009, Fast’s exhibition "Nostalgia" opened at South London Gallery. The exhibition included Nostalgia, a three-part film installation that intermingles a man’s account of his struggle for asylum in Britain with a reenactment of his story as a 1970s science fiction movie in which he attempts to flee a dystopian Europe and relocate to a colony in Africa.
5000 Feet is the Best
Fast is the director of this short film shown on the Biennale di Venezia in 2011.
- Sabine Schaschl (ed.): "Omer Fast. In Memorry / Zur Erinnerung", Berlin (The Green Box) 2010. (English/German) ISBN 978-3-941644-14-4
- “The Casting” (Monograph) Published by Museum of Modern Art, Vienna and Walter König Verlag, 2008 ISBN 978-3-86560-403-3
- Astrid Wege, "Cologne, Omer Fast, Kölnischer Kunstverein", Artforum, Feb 2012
- Barbara Pollack, "True Lies?", ART News,February 2010
- Andreas Schlaegel, "Nothing But the Truth", Programma Magazine, Spring 2010
- Mark Godfrey, TJ Demos, Eyal Weizman, Ayesha Hammed, "Rights of Passage", Tate Etc., Issue # 19, 2010
- Nav Haq, "Foresight into the New African Century", Kaleidoscope #5, Feb 2010
- Holland Cotter, "Is It Reality or Fantasy?" New York Times, January 7, 2010 
- Elisabeth Lebovici / Maria Muhle, Omer Fast, Afterall, March 2009
- Chen Tamir, "Omer fast, New Magic Realism", Flash Art, Issue #114, October 2008
- Tom Holert, "Attention Span", Artforum, February 2008
- Mark Godfrey, "Making History", Frieze, March/April 2006
- Nav Haq, "Omer Fast, Godville", Bidoun, 2005 
- Jennifer Allen, "Openings: Omer Fast", Artforum, September 2003 
- Chris Chang, "Vision: Omer Fast", Film Comment, July/August 2003 
- Internet Movie Database
- Hunter College Art Department
- Bucksbaum Award
- Whitney Biennial
- Tufts University Alumni
- gb agency, Paris
- Arratia Beer, Berlin