Published: Wed 17 Apr 2013

The Australian War Memorial, in collaboration with the Australian Embassy in Washington DC, will be launching a new art exhibition as part of the Embassy’s 2013 Anzac Day program.

The exhibition, titled Point of view – Afghanistan, will feature the digital film and photography of renowned Australian artist Shaun Gladwell, one of the Memorial’s recent official war artists.

“A collaborative exhibition with the Australian Embassy in Washington DC provides a unique opportunity to present the Memorial’s collection, its research, and its innovative programs to an international audience,” said Dr Brendan Nelson, Director of the Australian War Memorial.

“It is important to display the Memorial’s collection and research related to the war in Afghanistan within a broad international understanding of this significant conflict and to allow current-day veterans to feel confident that their stories are being told for today’s generation,” said Dr Nelson.

The exhibition will include three of the Memorial’s video works of art, as well as a photographic series, developed in response to the official war art scheme. These works are also currently represented in the touring exhibition Shaun Gladwell: Afghanistan.

Gladwell is an internationally acclaimed video artist and his signature works explore the movement and style related to various sub-cultural groups, such as skateboarders or break-dancers. Gladwell represented Australia at the 2009 Venice Biennale, with a series of works that draw on the Mad Max movies and explore the Australian outback.

Point of view – Afghanistan will open to the public from 19 April 2013 and be on display at the Australian Embassy in Washington DC until 30 May.


Ryan Johnston, Head of Art, will be in Washington for the launch.

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