Installation view of Nostalgia III
Nostalgia I, Single channel HD video with sound, 4:35
Nostalgia II, Two channel HD video (synchronized) with sound, 9:49
Nostalgia III, Super 16 Film transferred to HD video, 31:48 Edition 6 (+ 2 A.P.)
Nostalgia is a three-part film installation including one film depicting a migrant from a dystopian Britain seeking asylum in Africa. Adapted from a true story, this narrative is presented alongside an extract of original footage and a dramatisation of an encounter between the artist and a person seeking asylum in Britain. Deliberately combining these disparate elements, Omer Fast confronts us with a contemporary recollection of displacement and loss in a film narrative that is set in the future but which appears to have been produced in the past.
In a West African colony increasingly hostile to Britons seeking a better life, an asylum-seeker is interrogated as to the whereabouts of a tunnel used to smuggle people into the colony. He is offered a deal by the authorities and must choose between betraying his friends and securing his future.
This story was inspired by a conversation between the artist and a West African national seeking asylum in London. While not a straightforward adaptation of his experiences, the work picks up on one strand from his life story and embeds it in several scenes that repeat in each film.