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	Image: George W Lambert Cartoon for 'The charge of the 3rd Light Horse Brigade at the Nek’ 1920 (detail)

Gallipoli Gelibolu symposium

Marking the centenary of the Allied landing at Gallipoli

On Sunday 25 April 1915, Anzac troops began landing on the Turkish coast at Gallipoli (Turkish name, Gelibolu) in what has become a defining campaign of World War I.

This symposium brings together leading Turkish and Australian academics to explore the impact of that event on Australian and Turkish art, architecture and material culture and to critically assess the role of visual culture in mediating the conflict’s significance within both polities.

By creating a dialogue between Turkish and Australian scholars, the symposium aims to encourage new approaches to the narrative of an event of shared national significance. Participants will explore a range of themes including loss, memory and memorialisation, cultural identity and cross-cultural contact. The scope of inquiry into the role of visual culture will range from national myth to personal memory, from high art and public modes of performative commemoration to the everyday.

The symposium is funded by the Power Institute, University of Sydney, and Art Gallery of NSW, and supported by the Centre for Art History and Art Theory, ANU and Yale University. It is convened jointly by Dr Robert Wellington (ANU), Dr Andrew Yip (Art Gallery of NSW and University of NSW) and Associate Professor Mary Roberts (University of Sydney)


Andrew Yip, Art Gallery of NSW and University of NSW
Curating Gallipoli: a century of exhibition

Gizem Tongo, Oxford University
The aesthetics of the unknown soldier: Gallipoli paintings in the Ottoman Empire and early Turkish Republic

Esra Akcan, Cornell University
Modernity as perpetual war or perpetual peace?: monumentality and counter-monumentality in war memorials

Panel discussion 1

Morning tea

Helen Ennis, Australian National University
Micro and macro views: two photographs from Gallipoli

Ryan Johnston, Australian War Memorial
Historical representations of the enemy in a contemporary global context: the recent public reception of Wallace Anderson’s 'Evacuation’ (1925) in Turkey and Australia

Shaune Lakin, National Gallery of Australia
‘That famous image’: with the naked army at Gallipoli

Brad Manera, Anzac Memorial, Hyde Park, Sydney
‘He doeth all things well’; a Gallipoli connection for a 21st-century generation

Anne Brennan, Australian National University
Bearing witness: the Gallipoli relief map and the WWI gallery of the Australian War Memorial

Steven Miller, Art Gallery of NSW
Australia’s first commemorative artwork for the Anzacs

Panel discussion 2

Keynote speaker

As part of the symposium, keynote speaker Timothy Barringer will present a lecture at the University of Sydney on Thursday 21 May, entitled Empire mourning: the Patcham Chattri and the architecture of imperial ambivalence.

Friday 22 May 2015, 9am


Bookings and enquiries: 02 9225 1740

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See also: Empire mourning

Duration 4 hours
Location: Centenary Auditorium

Related exhibition: Mad through the darkness

Related program: World War I remembered

Related gallery: Australian galleries

Co-presented with University of Sydney, The Power Institute