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Omer Fast, Present Continuous

Solo exhibition
Sep 23rd 2016 to Jan 8th 2017
Kunsten Museum of Modern Art Aalborg. Denmark

In recent years, the video art of Omer Fast (b. 1972) has garnered international interest. His exhibition at Kunsten addresses human urges and emotions, challenging ordinary notions of true and false.

Omer Fast’s video art makes use of a cinematic expression that blurs the borders between drama, documentary, and fantasy. Although storytelling remains central in Omer Fast’s work, it is constantly fragmented by dreamscapes and glimpses of the surreal.

Included in the exhibition at Kunsten are two recent works by Omer Fast together with a selection of older works. Many different characters come to life in the exhibition’s films – including a drone pilot, actors from the porn industry, and a German family whose son returns from the war in Afghanistan.

Omer Fast addresses political and existential subjects that exist in the grey zone of what we normally discuss. The central theme in the films is people and their actions, the focus of the artist often being on individuals operating on the fringes of society. The films blur the lines between reality and fiction, documentary and construction, true and false. In this way, the artist manages to create a dual sense of excitement and confusion in the viewer, which, in turn, allows for many different interpretations of the same action.

The exhibition is co-produced by Jeu de Paume, Paris, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, and Kunsten Museum of Modern Art, Aalborg.
The exhibition has received generous support from Det Obelske Familiefond.


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