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One of the most distinctive film and video artists of his generation, Omer Fast's works examine how individual and collective histories interact. Focusing on narratives, Fast mixes sound and image into stories that test the line between personal and media accounts of current and historical events. In his concern with the strategies of digital manipulation and perception, Fast's work draws attention to the permeable boundaries between documentary and fiction.

The Martin-Gropius-Bau presents seven of Fast’s projects in his first comprehensive solo exhibition in a museum in Berlin. Fast has designed three “waiting rooms” reminiscent of those found in airports, doctors or immigration offices, which connect the video installations. On display will be: CNN Concatenated (2002), Looking Pretty for God (after G.W.) (2008), 5000 Feet is the Best (2011), Continuity (2012), Everything that Rises Must Converge (2013) and his most recent work August (2016). August, Fast’s first short film shot in 3D, focuses on the renowned Cologne photographer August Sander (1876-1964). Comprised of surreal dream sequences, it imagines the aged Sander haunted by the death of his son and the figures he had photographed.

Omer Fast (*1972, Jerusalem) lives and works in Berlin. He was the recipient of the 2009 Preis der Nationalgalerie für Junge Kunst and the 2008 Bucksbaum Award. Fast has had solo exhibitions at the Jeu de Paume, Paris; BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead; KUNSTEN Museum of Modern Art, Aalborg; The Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus; The Power Plant, Toronto; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley; Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo; Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne; La Caixa Forum, Barcelona; South London Gallery, London; and Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna. His work has been included in LLUMInations, the 54th Venice Biennale, dOCUMENTA (13), Performa 09, the 2008 and 2002 Whitney Biennials, and the 2008 Liverpool Biennale.