Fast’s films have a tendency to manipulate time, through the deft use of repetition, looping, and reenactment. In his 2011 film project 5,000 Feet is the Best, Fast explores the experiences of a Predator drone operator firing on militants and civilians, based on accounts both on and off the record. The film oscillates between audio of recorded interview from the drone pilot, and the reenactment of the meeting between the reporter and the pilot in a Las Vegas motel room. The work was received with critical acclaim for the subtle presentation of the complexity of this controversial issue, neither glorifying nor vilifying the pilot.
One of his newer pieces, Remainder (2015) is an original work based on an adaptation of Tom McCarthy’s novel of the same name. This is the artist’s first feature length film, and tells the story of an unnamed young man who, after suffering a horrific head trauma caused by ‘technology parts and bits’ falling from the sky, remembers nothing and no one of his life before. The film follows the man through the aftermath of the accident as he struggles to establish an identity, left with only fragments of memories from his past.
Omer Fast was born in Jerusalem in 1972 and grew up between Israel and New York. He received a BFA from Tufts University and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 1995, and an MFA from Hunter College in New York City in 2000. In October 2015, a monographic exhibition of Fast’s work opened at the Jeu de Paume Paris, and will travel to the Baltic Center of Contemporary Arts, Gateshead, and the KUNSTEN Museum of Modern Art Aalborg in 2016. His work has been featured in dOCUMENTA (13), the 54th Venice Biennale, and the 2002 and 2008 Whitney Biennials. In addition, he has been the subject of a solo exhibitions at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Le Caixa, Barcelona; Musée d’Art Contemporain, Montréal; Museum of Contemporary Art, Krakow; Dallas Museum of Art, TX; Cleveland Museum of Art, OH; Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, CO; and at the Art Institute of Chicago, IL.
Fast's work is included in the permanent collections of numerous institutions, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Metropolitan Musuem of American Art in New York; The Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Tate Modern, London; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; an the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. Fast Lives and works in Berlin, Germany.