Stranded Present
HD film, 2015 | loop, 6 minutes
During their search for the fortitude and durability of classical motifs, Broersen & Lukács came across antiquarian Robert Wood’s 18th-century illustrations of the ruins of Palmyra. Transformed, shifted and mutilated, these classical motifs have found their home in the adornments of many households. Created before the destruction of Palmyra by ISIS, Broersen & Lukács reconstructed the temple, depicting its endless dimensions—plastic, malleable and untouchable—as a liquid body, transforming over time.

still Stranded Present
still Stranded Present
Stranded Present at AKINCI, photo Gert Jan van Rooij
Stranded Present at Lawrie Shabibi, Dubai
drawing of Palmyra by Robert Wood, 1758