World War I centenary and the ACP

This year’s 100-year anniversary of World War I (WWI) is particularly important for Australians, as it also marks the 100th birthday of the legend of ANZAC and the eight-month battle at Gallipoli. Never has a historical event contributed more to the Australian national identity, embodying as it does, the qualities of courage, endurance, loyalty and mateship; qualities we pride ourselves on to this day.

While memorial services and commemorations to our troops’ involvement in WWI – and the legend of ANZAC – are being organised all over the country, we at the ACP have used the centenary to think more broadly about the ideas surrounding national identity and conflict, reflected in our Autumn season of exhibitions and public programs. Iranian artist Gohar Dashti’s staged photographs directly address what it is to exist in a place where conflict is rife. Gohar approaches the issue with wit and and asks how a history of upheaval affects each and every one of us. 

Sydney-based Phillip George’s large-scale landscape works, taken in the Middle East and in Australia, hint at how the land holds a record of past events, including conflicts, and is imbued with a sense of significance to its people, both culturally and personally. To unpack this idea further, Phillip will speak about his work at the ACP in April.

 Also commemorating the WWI centenary, on Sunday 12 April from 2pm we will host a special Sunday Session with Turkish photographer Elif Suyabatmaz and Australian photographer Markus Andersen to discuss collaborative projects and their joint exhibition Mirrored. Following this talk is a free screening of Australian artist Kurt Sorensen’s video piece, Their names upon Gallipoli, a moving and thought-provoking meditation on war, life and death. Kurt will introduce the screening, telling of his travels to Gallipoli to make the work and the themes that underscore it.

Kurt Sorensen's Their names upon Gallipoli is currently being exhibited at Building 20, Newington Armory until 14 June.

Phillip George & Gohar Dashti Launch

Friday 10 April | 6.00pm - 8.00pm


Artist Talk: Phillip George

Saturday 11 April | 11.00am - 12.00pm


Screening: Their Names Upon Gallipoli

Sunday 12 April | 2.00pm - 3.30pm


Screening: Their Names Upon Gallipoli

Sunday 12 April | 3.30pm - 4.30pm



Image 1: Gohar Dashti, Untitled from the series Today’s life and war, 2008. Courtesy Azita Bina and Robert Klein Gallery, Boston. Courtesy and © the artist.

Image 2: Phillip George, Zaraturstian, 2014. Courtesy and © the artist.

Image 3: Their Names Upon Gallipoli (video still). Courtesy and © the artist.