Omer Fast was born in Jerusalem in 1972, and grew up in Jerusalem and New York. His multichannel video installations blur the boundaries between documentary, dramatization and fantasy. Fast often anchors his narratives with a conversation between two people – whether subjects recounting their own stories or actors playing roles of interviewer and interviewee. As dialogues escalate in tension, portraits of carefully calibrated identity emerge.
Omer Fast received a BA/BFA from Tufts University/ School of the Museum of Fine Arts (1995), and an MFA from Hunter College (2000). Among the honors he has received are the Preis der Nationalgalerie für junge Kunst (2009); Bucksbaum Award (2008); and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Prize (2003). Major exhibitions of his work have appeared at the Rose Art Museum (2013); Imperial War Museum, London (2013); Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2013); Musée d’Art Contemporain, Montréal (2013); the Power Plant (2012); Dallas Museum of Art (2012); Wexner Center for the Arts (2012); Documenta (2012); Taipei Biennial (2012); Venice Biennale (2011); Singapore Biennial (2011); Cleveland Museum of Art (2010); Berkeley Art Museum (2009); Whitney Museum of American Art (2009); Indianapolis Museum of Art (2009); Performa (2009); Liverpool Biennial (2008); Whitney Biennial (2008, 2002); Museum of Modern Art, Vienna (2007); Carnegie Museum (2005); Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich (2004), and Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt (2003). Omer Fast lives and works in Berlin, Germany.