Palmyra: Tug of War, the Agony

Fassih Keiso presents a video installation documenting the destruction of Palmyra.

Art Exhibition coming up at Counihan Gallery In Brunswick in Brunswick precinct, Victoria, Australia.
From Saturday 01 April 2023 to Sunday 21 May 2023
Launch Saturday 01 April 2023, 2pm

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Event published by Counihan Gallery on Sunday 26 February 2023.
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In 2015, the ancient city of Palmyra, Syria, was seized by ISIS militants. They destroyed centuries-old temples and works of art.

In ‘Palmyra: Tug of War, the Agony’, independent artist Fassih Keiso presents footage of the destruction. Keiso took the footage during two visits to Palmyra. At the time, the city was in a post-captivity state: the Syrian government had reclaimed the archaeological site from ISIS.

The film style is created using a hand-held video camera. The imagery drags our focus across different screens. Each screen has its own augmentations and visual effects by animator Ken Sabry Keiso. The effect of bold monochromatic colour enhances the didactic visual vocabulary of war and destruction.

The soundtrack is a selection from the German experimental band NO.ico.

The video installation was developed with the assistance of the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its funding and advisory body in 2016.

This exhibition features work by Fassih Keiso in collaboration with Ken Sabry Keiso, Noor Sulaiman and fix_007.

Accessibility information

This exhibition includes low-level or disorienting lighting, moving images and sound. Due to the varied sensory experience on display, this exhibition may be a difficult environment for visitors who experience sensory overload.


Counihan Gallery, 233 Sydney Road (inside Brunswick Town Hall), Brunswick