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The Christina N. and Swan J. Turnblad Memorial Fundexpand_more 2017.54
Omer Fast creates complex video installations that examine the narrative line between fact and fiction, part of an emerging genre in contemporary art known as “parafiction.” This work imagines German photographer August Sander at the end of his life as he reflects on the creation of his groundbreaking portraiture series People of the 20th Century, which he made from the 1900s to the mid 1930s. Fast’s film, shot in 3D, depicts a nearly blind Sander (a fictional characterization) in his home, haunted by the death of his son and the ghosts of figures he has photographed. It considers the transition between Germany’s Weimer Republic and its Nazi era and questions whether photography as a medium can tell the truth about people and, ultimately, a nation.
The work can be considered (and has been shown) alongside Mia’s collections of August Sander’s photographs from his People of the 20th Century and its vast collection of German avant-garde art from the 1920s and 1930s. The 3-D film creates a visually compelling, immersive narrative that addresses fact versus fiction, political oppression, and the truth of images—issues prevalent during the Nazi regime in Germany that carry relevance for viewers today, given the current political climate in the United States. August by Omer Fast, one of the most significant voices in contemporary art, is an excellent addition to the museum’s growing collection of time-based media art.