Omer Fast: Godville
This book was published alongside an exhibition of the same title, realized in 2005 at Midway Contemporary Art in Minneapolis. The two-channel video work is constructed from interviews with eighteenth-century character interpreters in Colonial Williamsburg, a living history museum in Virginia, USA. The museum is sited in the historical town that it recreates, preserving the town’s buildings and grounds while training and paying its residents to act out Colonial American life. The characters in Godville represent a cross-section of the town’s resident reenactors — men and women of varying social standing and origin, democrats and republicans, property holders and day labourers, militants and housewives, part-time revolutionaries and slaves — interviewed in their assigned eighteenth-century settings and period garments. Godville tells the story of a town whose residents are unmoored and floating somewhere in between America’s past and present, fantasy and reality.
English, softcover, 64 pages, ISBN 978-3865881243. Published by Revolver Verlag and Midway Contemporary Art.