In this preview from the ART21 "Art in the Twenty-First Century" Season 7 episode, "Fiction," artist Omer Fast investigates the implications of identity as performance. Shown filming the work "Everything That Rises Must Converge" (2013) in Los Angeles, the artist recalls the influences of having been raised between two cultures and languages. "If I feel authentic in one particular milieu but I switch milieu and I feel just as authentic in that other place," questions the artist, "then what is that thing that we call identity about?"
Omer Fast's multichannel video installations blur the boundaries between documentary, dramatization, and fantasy, frequently generating viewers' confusion. Through repetition and reenactment, multiple takes of given scenes build shades of interpretation as a story is told, retold, and mythologized. Stories of origin, trauma, and desire mutate into one another, forming blended genres that confound expectations and disrupt narrative conventions. Projected into space or unfolding simultaneously on multiple screens, the work resonates with characters who seem to express the elemental complications and disparities of their own identities.
Learn more about the artist at:www.art21.org/artists/omer-fast
Season 7 of "Art in the Twenty-First Century" premieres Friday, October 24, 2014 at 10:00 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings). "Fiction" airs Friday, November 14, 2014.
Learn more about Season 7 at:www.art21.org/season7