New York Jewish Film Festival Presents

Artist Focus: Omer Fast


Thursday, March 31, 2016
6:30 – 8 pm
Scheuer Auditorium

Artist Omer Fast presents a screening of his 2012 short film Continuity followed by a conversation with Jens Hoffmann, Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Public Programs. Continuity (2012. Digital film, colour, sound, 40 min) is an intriguing view on the psychological process of mourning that boldly defies the conventional narrative coherence. What seems like a young soldier’s return home from Afghanistan proves to be a ritual staged by his parents, who hire a series of male escorts to play the part of their son – who had actually died in combat – in a painful attempt to keep alive the memory of their deceased child.

Omer Fast was born in Jerusalem in 1972. He holds a BA in English from Tufts University, a BFA in Visual Arts from the Boston Museum School and an MFA from Hunter College. Since finishing his studies in 2000, Fast has participated in over 200 international exhibitions, including solo shows at the Jeu de Paume in Paris, Whitney Museum in New York and the Museum of Modern Art in Vienna. Group exhibitions include dOCUMENTA13 and the 54th Venice Biennale. Fast received the Bucksbaum award at the Whitney Biennial in 2008 and has also won the National Galerie’s Prize for Young Art in Berlin in 2009. His work is in several international collections including Tate Modern, the Guggenheim Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Centre Pompidou.

Free with Pay-What-You-Wish Admission; RSVP Recommended

Still from Continuity, Omer Fast, 2012. 


New York Jewish Film Festival Presents Artist Focus: Omer Fast at the Jewish Museum

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