Public Program

Köken Ergun

Mon 23 Apr 2018

Above: Köken Ergun, 'Heroes', 2018, single-channel video, 88 mins, courtesy the artist. 'Heroes' is a co-commission between the Australian War Memorial, Protocinema and Artspace, Sydney, with additional support from Supporting Contemporary Art from Turkey (SAHA) and Çanakkale Biennial Initiative (CABININ). Production still: Tolga Baş
Mon 23 Apr 2018, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
43–51 Cowper Wharf Roadway
Woolloomooloo NSW 2011
Sydney Australia
Level 2, Seminar Room


Köken Ergun in conversation with Prof. Marilyn Lake.

Born in Istanbul in 1976, Köken Ergun studied acting at the Istanbul University and completed his postgraduate diploma degree in Ancient Greek Literature at King's College London, followed by an MA in Art History at the Bilgi University, Istanbul. After working with American theatre director Robert Wilson, Ergun became more involved with video and film. His multi-channel video installations have been exhibited internationally at institutions including Documenta 14, Palais de Tokyo, SALT, Garage MCA, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, Protocinema, KIASMA, Digital ArtLab Tel Aviv, Casino Luxembourg, Para-Site and Kunsthalle Winterthur. His film works have received several awards at film festivals including the Tiger Award for Short Film at the 2007 Rotterdam Film Festival and the Special Mention Prize at the 2013 Berlinale. Ergun’s works are included in public collections such as the Centre Pompidou, the Greek National Museum of Contemporary Art, Stadtmuseum Berlin and the Kadist Foundation.

Marilyn Lake is Professorial Fellow in History at the University of Melbourne. She is the author of several books on the impact of war on Australian society including What's Wrong with Anzac? written with Henry Reynolds, Mark McKenna and Joy Damousi. She is an elected Fellow of the Academy of Humanities in Australia and of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences. Between 2010 and 2014, she served as President of the Australian Historical Association, the peak national body for Australian historians. Her next book, Progressive New World: How Settler Colonialism and TransPacific Exchange Shaped American Reform will be published by Harvard University Press in 2018.