An Evening with Omer Fast

Marcella Lista, curator at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, talks with Israeli artist Omer Fast about his work. How is the history of conflict areas mediated and constructed? Fast acquired a name with his politically charged films that pit reality against fiction. Some of Fast’s films are screened in the exhibition A Tale of Hidden Histories.

Contemporary trauma and war are major ingredients of Omer Fast’s politically charged films. Deeply interested in the tension between reality and fiction, Fast (Israel, 1972) explores the construction of stories, in particular how stories are transformed when they are told from various perspectives.

drone pilot

The exhibition A Tale of Hidden Histories features two works by Omer Fast. In Continuity (2012) a husband and wife are reunited with their son when he returns from a mission in Afghanistan. The uneasy story soon gets more complicated. The cue for Her Face Was Covered (2011) is the testimony of a drone pilot who talks about the targeted bombing of a convoy of trucks at an unspecified location.