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Luke Sciberras Up Shit Creek, Gallipoli

oil on board

160 x 244 cm

Standing above the Aegean Sea are the iconic escarpments known as Anzac Cove. The coastline and peninsula of Gallipoli hold a particularly strong Australian historical patina since the British Empire invaded there during World War I.

For eight months from April 1915, Australian and New Zealand troops sheltered under the plunging clay walls and prepared to do battle, suffering the most terrible losses they would ever experience. Exactly 100 years on, it gives heart to reflect that ever since those dreadful battles, there has been a friendship between the Australian and Turkish people, forged on a terrain so various, not only geographically but diplomatically.

- Luke Sciberras, 2015