Omer Fast: August, 2016. Single Screen, 3D Projection, Courtesy Galerie Arratia Beer / Gb Agency / Dvir Gallery / James Cohan Gallery / Filmgalerie 451 © Omer Fast


»Talking is not always the solution«

Omer Fast

Exhibition: November 18, 2016 – March 12, 2017
Curated by Gereon Sievernich
Film screenings:
A film directed by Omer Fast. Based on the novel by Tom McCarthy. GB / GER 2015, 104 min.
Thu, Jan 5, 2017, 18:30h + Thu, March 2, 2017, 18:30h (Further details)
A film directed by Omer Fast. GER 2016, 85 min.
Thu, Jan 12, 2017, 18:30h + Thu, March 9, 2017, 18:30h (Further details)
Opening hours: Wed-Mon 10-19h, Tuesday closed
Open on holidays, closed on 24 and 31 December 2016
The box office closes at 18:30h.
Admission: 11 / 7 € (Online Ticket)


I am interested in creating my own little world and losing myself in it.”
Omer Fast

Omer Fast (* 1972) is one of the most distinctive film and video artists of his generation. He creates narrations in his films that question the borders between one’s own and media narratives and between current and historic events. His works address the friction between documentary and fiction. The Martin-Gropius-Bau is showing seven of his projects at his first large solo exhibition in Berlin.

Shown will be: CNN Concatenated from 2002, Looking Pretty for God (after G.W.) from 2008, 5000 Feet is the Best from 2011, Continuity from 2012, Everything That Rises Must Converge from 2013, Spring from 2016, as well as a new work called August from 2016. Shot in 3D, August is based on the life and work of renowned Cologne photographer August Sander (1876-1964). In surreal dream sequences, the artist is haunted at the end of life by the death of his son and the figures he photographed.

In his cinematic works, Fast tells stories of trauma, war and relationships. Our impulse to identify with the people whose stories we witness is often undermined by conflicting accounts, inexplicable changes or outright lies. Everything that we know and believe could be entirely different. Omer Fast’s films are more than thought experiments or games between narration and enactment. They are simultaneously oppressive and moving.

In addition to presenting projection-based works in customary dark spaces, the artist has also created three new installations resembling waiting rooms: a doctor’s clinic, an airport lounge and an immigration office. These waiting rooms feature older monitor-based works and are also sites for performances planned for the exhibition.

This exhibition at the Martin-Gropius-Bau is held as part of the program “Immersion. Analogue Arts in the Digital Age”. “Immersion” is a new program of the Berliner Festspiele scheduled for three years. It regularly displays works of art which one does not face from the opposite side, but enters to become part of them – as a performance or sculpture, choreography, narrative space or virtual reality experience.

Find further details on the website of Martin-Gropius-Bau!

Event Details

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