First commission of a Turkish artist by the Australian War Memorial

Köken Ergun's single channel film 'Heroes' shows how different our national perspectives are when it comes to the narrative of Gallipoli.
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Köken Ergun, Heroes (2018), 88 minutes single channel film (film still); supplied courtesy the artist

Developed over three years, Heroes (2018) is a new film by Turkish artist Köken Ergun, which premiers in Sydney this week to coincide with ANZAC Day.

Heroes deals with concepts of heroism that have evolved around the legacy of the Gallipoli/Çanakkale Campaign, and the rise of what Ergun describes as the ‘tourism of martyrdom’.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina

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