Heroes - Şehitler

Köken Ergun

Salt Beyoğlu

April 26 – April 28, 2019

Kokenergun Heroes Sehitler 2018 Köken Ergun’un <i>Heroes - Şehitler</i> (2018) filminden bir kare; sanatçının izniyle.
Still from Köken Ergun’s Heroes - Şehitler (2018). Courtesy the artist.
Köken Ergun, Heroes - Şehitler, 2018
88 minutes. Turkish and English with subtitles.

Screening: 19.00
Q&A with the Director: 20.30

Screening: 15.00
Talk (in Turkish): Köken Ergun and Zeynep Sayın: 17.00

Screening: 15.00
Q&A with the Director: 16.30

Developed over the course of three years by Köken Ergun, Heroes - Şehitler deals with concepts of martyrdom and heroism that evolve around the legacy of the Gallipoli/Çanakkale Campaign. The artist’s first feature-length film to date was initially presented last year at the Artspace in Sydney.

Ergun worked closely with Gallipoli tour guides from Turkey, Australia and New Zealand, initially embedding himself as a regular guest without filming and then documenting more than fifty tours, culminating in 120 hours of footage. The resulting single-channel film brings together varied war narratives told by the tour guides, emotional reactions of their audience, and vivid scenes from the military reenactments. Ergun draws attention how separate cultures remember, interpret, preserve, and convey a common history.

As part of the multiple screenings of Heroes - Şehitler at SALT Beyoğlu, Ergun and Zeynep Sayın, who is currently a guest lecturer at The Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig (HGB), will give a talk in the Walk-in Cinema on April 27. The program will be held in Turkish.

Heroes - Şehitler 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).

In accordance with Article 7 of Law No. 5224 amended on 18.01.2019,
films that have not been assessed and classified by the General Directorate of Cinema, Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Republic of Turkey, can only be screened under the classification of 18+ at festivals, special screenings or similar culture and arts events.