Gallipoli: Then and Now
31 July to 29 August 2015
This exhibition features work by Vedat Acikalin. Acikalin is a Turkish photo-Journalist. Hobart is the first leg of an Australian national tour.
In 1990 Acikalin went to the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Gallipoli landing. He photographed tender moments between old enemies. He saw a bond between the men. The veterans remembered how they had fought against each other in their youth. They walked together as friends, visiting the trenches and pausing at the graves of their mates.
When Acikalin immigrated to Australia in 1973, it was the first he learned of the ANZAC legend. The tradition with its ideals of courage, endurance and mate-ship. He was fascinated by how both sides of the same war changes people.
The Turks have their own legend. Many Turks believe that the foundations upon which modern Turkey stands were laid during the Gallipoli Campaign. The courage and sacrifices of the campaign inspired the Turkish nation to unite under Ataturk's leadership. To defend his principles and revolution during and after the War of Independence.
Acikalin hopes his exhibition will give Australians an appreciation of their ancestors' role in shaping the nation. Their service and sacrifice in this significant campaign. To commemmorate the respect and friendship between Australia and Turkey that has developed as a result of the expereiences of the Gallipoli Campaign.