The Art of Omer Fast: Stories of War in a Digital Age

  • November 7, 2015
  • 4:00 pm
  • National Gallery of Canada
Omer Fast

Join Josée Drouin-Brisebois, National Gallery of Canada’s Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, for a screening of 5000 Feet is the Best, a 30-minute film by Omer Fast, an internationally acclaimed Israeli-born artist who lives and works in Berlin. Working in film and video, Omer Fast’s, productions often invoke themes of conflict, war and trauma.

In 5000 Feet is the Best, the artist weaves a series of stories, together forming a surreal dreamscape that addresses the psychological distress and physical damage associated with American drone warfare. Relying on constructed narratives as well as real documentary footage of a drone pilot discussing the nature of the job and his subsequent experience with post-traumatic stress disorder, Fast’s production blends fact and fiction. Leaving associations and meanings murky and open-ended, 5000 Feet is the Best raises distressing and baffling questions about the nature, interpretation and understanding of war and conflict in a digital age.

The screening will be followed by a 15 minute question and answer period.

  • Free


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