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GALLIPOLI PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECT AN UNUSUAL FRIENDSHIP

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Sydney-based documentary photographer Mine Konakci is looking for direct descendants of Anzacs, who have fought in Gallipoli.

She's documenting about 30 direct descendants of Anzac and Turkish soldiers, who fought in Gallipoli. Her aim is to photograph the descendants in their homes or in their work environment capturing the descendants together with an image of their ancestor projected into the same space. As a starting point she's requesting the descendants to email her their ancestor’s image. She's planning a visit to the North Island in mid-January 2015 to photograph around 5 people.

She's aiming to exhibit this project in New Zealand in 1915.
Bill Hyman's grandfather Eric Montague Hyman was part of 12th Australian Light Horse. Bill Hyman's grandfather Eric Montague Hyman was part of 12th Australian Light Horse.
Purpose of Project
During the Gallipoli campaign both the Anzacs and the Turks had significant casualties and the campaign played a significant role for Australia and Turkey in forming their national identity.

For Australia and New Zealand, this campaign marked the beginning of their nationhood.

For Turkey, the campaign has helped the country to transform itself from a dying empire to a new nation through Mustafa Kemal Ataturk’s leadership.

Whilst during the eight-month long Gallipoli campaign both sides were experiencing heavy losses and hardship, there were also incidents of exchanging cigarettes, matches and chocolate from trenches and a unique friendship was formed during ceasefires declared in order to collect corpses.

The Anzac spirit of 1915 has continued to foster a close tie between Australia, New Zealand and Turkey. Particularly in the last twenty years both the Turks and the Anzacs now see Gallipoli as a unique bond between their nations.

She hopes that this exhibition will contribute to the centenary commemorations by showing descendants from both sides of the battle. The viewers will be able to reflect on their past and acknowledge the sacrifices and hardships of their ancestors.

On a personal note, as a Turkish-born Australian, she feels a strong connection with both nations and is very pleased to witness the growing bond them. She remembers vividly her visit to Gallipoli in 1996–just before the departure from her homeland to Australia–and the effect it had on her.

Her recently exhibited project titled ‘A convict in the family?’ has been produced in a similar vein. For this project she's photographed direct descendants of European convict settlers in Australia. The project was exhibited at Museum of Sydney in April-July 2013 and is travelling around Australia until 2016.

More information on this project can be found at:

http://sydneylivingmuseums.com.au/exhibitions/convict-family

She can be contacted on (+61) 0418 604 685 or konakci@shfa.nsw.gov.au
Her personal email is: mine.konakci@gmail.com

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