Xanthe Muston

13 ANZAC’s

Oil on copper and wood

40 x 50cm

 

Xanthe Muston_13 Anzacs

No doubt, there is a need and an obligation to preserve the memory of the eight-month struggle during the Dardanelles Campaign. But after eighteen years of one minute silences that I have done on the 25th of April every year, I have come to learn that what happened at Gallipoli is not about the terrible defeat, the glorification of war, but instead about the people in the conflict—some of which were not even considered ‘people’ until 50 years later.

Memorials often signify a sense of remembrance but ultimately make us forget what really happened and the brutalities of conflict. There were eighty Indigenous Australians that fought in the Gallipoli campaign, and for a short and war-stricken time there grew a bond of unity between white and Indigenous Australians, in which there was a limited sense of unity before. Therefore, my artwork ’13 Anzacs’ serves as space of recognition for a galvanised Australia, for the eighty Indigenous Australians who served at Gallipoli, and for thirteen of those men that provided the ultimate sacrificed as a result.