Artist Profile
Your friend the enemy

Your Friend the Enemy Special Edition

After the artists flew out from Turkey in 2014 the project had only just begun. What was initially inspired by the discovery of Idris Murphy’s grandfather’s letters from the First World War, has blossomed into a nationally touring exhibition opening in Sydney and Canberra this April, two Gala dinners and a Your Friend the Enemy Special Edition to commemorate the spirit of the Anzac Centenary this year.

The Special Edition, published by Artist Profile and edited by prominent art critic John McDonald, is not your usual Artist Profile Issue. Rather it focusses on a poignant commemoration of the Anzac memory, and its enduring relevance to Australians as we mark 100 years.

A war that shaped both Australia and New Zealand’s national history irrevocably, there was a shared intrigue for the 16 Australian and New Zealand artists to visit Gallipoli. Invited artists, writers, filmmakers and historians travelled to Turkey in April and May 2014, responding to a distant landscape that holds so many close connections and deep symbolism for both countries.

A contemporary perspective that explores the significance of the Anzac Centenary, the Special Edition includes personal insights into the Gallipoli trip by writer James Compton, a foreword by the Director of the Australian War Memorial, Brendan Nelson, as well as essays from John McDonald and Anzac Historian Brad Manera who both attended the 2014 trip.

The Special Edition reflects upon the moving trip and its impact upon each artist, with individual profiles following them from the field and back into the studio to make their diverse works. The end result is a thoughtful reflection and active remembrance for those who have fought and served in all wars, conflicts and peace operations.

Click here to purchase your copy of Your Friend the Enemy.

Tickets to the Your Friend the Enemy Sydney Gala Dinner are available online.

Exhibition dates:

ANU Drill Hall GalleryCanberra
10 April to 17 May, 2015 (curated by Terence Maloon)

S. H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney
17 April to 24 May 2015
(curated by John McDonald)

Bathurst Regional Art Gallery (BRAG)
19 June to 2 August, 2015

PATAKA Art + Museum, New Zealand
29 November 2015 to February, 2016