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Gelibolu: A Turkish Australian Perspective on Gallipoli


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Anzac Day – and the Australian defeat at Gallipoli – has become a cornerstone of Australia’s national history, helping to shape our identity and our character. But what does the Battle of Gallipoli mean to the Turkish people? What’s their perspective on the battle, and what place does it hold in their history?

Ahead of the centenary Anzac Day, the City of Melbourne has worked with the Turkish Australian community to create Gelibolu – a contemporary arts exhibition that portrays the Turkish Australian perspective, inspired and guided by 16 interviews across that community.

In discussion with Cigdem Aydemir, Bulent Dellal OAM, Meaghan Wilson-Anastasios and Serpil Senelmis, we’ll explore key themes of the exhibition: what Anzac Day means, along with ideas of history-making, losses, legends and political propaganda. 


Cigdem Aydemir

Cigdem Aydemir is an Australian Muslim artist with Turkish heritage. Her interdisciplinary art practice incorporates installation, performance and video. She explores the convergence of gender, religious and cultural identities including themes of body politics and intersectionality. Much of her wor... Read more

Serpil Senelmis

Serpil Senelmis is an Australian broadcaster with Turkish heritage. She is the co-director of Written & Recorded, a content agency. The West Australian Academy of Performing Arts graduate has worked behind the microphone, in front of the camera and behind the scenes of radio and television progr... Read more

Bulent Dellal

Bulent Dellal OAM is the Executive Director of the Australian Multicultural Foundation and Deputy Chairman of the SBS Board of Directors. He has over 25 years’ experience in policy, management, community development and programming for cultural diversity.  He has extensive experienc... Read more

Meaghan Wilson-Anastasios

Meaghan Wilson-Anastasios is a lecturer in the Arts and Cultural Management and Art History programs at the University of Melbourne, where she researches and publishes in the areas of cultural economics and arts marketing. She also writes for a general audience; she co-wrote the histo... Read more


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