ANZAC Centenary Understanding our community experience in conflicts
Answering the call is a multimedia exhibition commemorating the Centenary of ANZAC and its legacy, including Australia’s participation in war and peace keeping missions around the globe.
It introduces historical events in a lyrical and thought provoking manner, creating a space for people to respond both emotionally and with knowledge of how these events played a role in shaping our communities today.
Australian fatalities at Gallipoli who died of disease, out of 8,159 casualities.
Australians and New Zealanders who went ashore at the Gallipoli Peninsula on 25 April 1915.
Estimated Aboriginal who served in WWI. But only 5 known Aboriginal servicemen buried at Gallipoli.
Percentage of the population of Western Australia enlisted, out of 416,809 for the country.
Casualities (Casualty = captured, missing, wounded or killed), out of 331,781 embarked.
Estimated artillery shells fired in Battle of Verdun.
Costs of Iraq War totaled just over US$1.1 trillion.
Civilians killed in attacks on Twin Towers on 11 September 2001.
Proportion of US bombs dropped in Afghanistan which didn't explode, leaving landmines.
Refugees come from just Afghanistan, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo.
Millions of people forcibly displaced by persecution and conflict by mid 2015.
Or 13,200 refugees admitted for ressetlement in Australia in 2013.
About the exhibition
Central to the exhibition are the stories from members of our community – people who have had direct experience of wars and conflicts, both as soldiers or civilians. These stories are told through words and mementos held dear by families, sons and daughters, nieces and nephews, grandsons and granddaughters. The portraits are statements of our community resilience, dreams and hopes; what shapes who we are, what defines our identity and heritage, both locally and globally.
Answering the call reverberates with personal events of significance, caught in the turbulences of history which have shaped our collective imagination since WWI. The exhibition engages with the audience through shared stories to consider the certainties, the paradoxes and contradictions of wars and conflicts.
Answering the call reached out to students from local schools who responded to war veterans and war refugees through an installation featuring their voices reading letters written to a family member or a friend, to an unknown soldier.