Over recent years, Keiso's practice has examined tensions between current Middle-Eastern and Western perceptions of the body and sexuality. Working with a range of different media, Keiso collects and connects 'traditional' Arabic elements (in relation to the body) with technologies like video, sound, slides, photography and computer imaging. Keiso's Not Only Skin and Fabric installation creates a sin-bin environment of irony and spectacle, where distinctions between Eastern 'tradition' and Western 'contemporary' morality and art are blurred. Keiso interweaves sound and translated text, Arabic song rhythms, taboo video images of the fragmented human body, and a documentary of Arab dancing in North East Syria (the place of Keiso's birth).
A fashion-inspired performance took place at the opening.
Presented in association with the L'Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival Arts Program
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