The Indianapolis Museum of Art is now showing a film by critically acclaimed director Omer Fast; The Casting dissects one narrative of the war in Iraq. The Indianapolis Museum of Art is showing the film for the first time since it was acquired in 2008 from the Berlin based video installation artist. You can see The Casting is now in the IMA’s McCormack Forefront Galleries through March 14, 2010.
Fast’s riveting video pieces together fragments of a U.S. soldier’s conflicted memories following his tour in Iraq. He edited the 14-minute, four channel video installation from conversations he recorded in Texas in 2006 with a young U.S. Army sergeant preparing to depart for his second tour in Iraq. The sergeant recounts two stories, which Fast artfully splices and interweaves, blending the narrator’s recollections of a date with an unstable woman and the accidental shooting of a civilian in Iraq.
In the storytelling, Fast slips between the roles of interviewer, artist, therapist and film director, concluding The Casting with the final spliced-together statement: “I’m more interested in… the way that experience is basically turned into memory and then the way that memories become stories, the way that memories become… mediated; they get recorded and broadcast and things like that.”
“The Casting is a profound and engrossing work that delves into the nuanced mechanics of storytelling and recollection,” said Sarah Urist Green, assistant curator of contemporary art at the IMA. “The viewer is both physically and psychologically immersed in the sergeant’s account, with the physical plan of the installation deftly enhancing the sensation that life—and its retelling—is an utterly complex and fractured experience.”
Omer Fast is a world renowned video instillation artists, whose work has been exhibited globally. The contributions his work is making to Indianapolis art currently are just a small fraction of the impact of his entire body of work. Catch his riveting film now in Indianapolis downtown’s IMA. Yet again, this Indianapolis art museum maintains its reputation for enriching Indianapolis culture.
The Indianapolis Museum of Art is free and open for the people of Indianapolis to enjoy. After you see Fast’s film, take a walk through the gardens of the Indianapolis Museum of Art and marvel at the Oldfields-Lilly House once owned by Josiah K. Lilly Jr. Nearby cultural district, Broad Ripple Village, is rife with Indianapolis restaurants and Indianapolis bars for you to carry on your conversations about Fast’s riveting film. Experience what the Circle City has to offer! See The Casting now through March 14, 2010.
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