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George Gittoes: Ukraine Guernica


George Gittoes: Ukraine Guernica

3 Jul 2024 – 16 Aug 2024

Originally staged at Hazelhurst Arts Centre, the Deakin University Art Gallery is proud to present celebrated Australian artist George Gittoes’ newest exhibition Ukraine Guernica including collaborations with Hellen Rose and Ukrainian artist Ave Libertatemaveamor.

Not long after Russian armed forces invaded Ukraine in February 2022, artist George Gittoes and his partner, musician and performance artist, Hellen Rose, left Australia for Kyiv. During two separate trips to Ukraine, George and Hellen spent time with residents as the cities were being bombed, uncovering their experiences, and documenting the devasted urban and rural landscapes through film, performance and painting. They developed friendships with artists, poets and other creatives in Kyiv, Irpin and Odessa which lead to the development of collaborative works, including the re-birth of the destroyed House of Art in Irpin and the large KISS OF DEATH mural. The most significant work produced during this time has been their new film, Ukraine Guernica - a powerhouse documentary which follows artists behind the frontline, waging a war on war in the face of the Russian Invasion.

The exhibition Ukraine Guernica will be realised as an immersive and arresting experience for visitors highlighting Gittoes unflinching belief in the power of art to counteract war.

Ukraine Guernica cements Gittoes legacy as one of Australia’s most arresting and urgent figures across art and film.


Exclusive Film Screenings: George Gittoes, Ukraine Guernica - Artist War (100 mins)
As seen at The 2023 Melbourne International Film Festival

1pm, Wednesday 19 June
Deakin University Art Gallery
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6pm, Friday 21 June
Deakin University Art Gallery
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Image: George Gittoes,
Wreck of Hope 2023. Oil on canvas, 185x 250 cm. Image © and courtesy the artist.

Gallery Details

Deakin University Art Gallery
T: (03) 9244 5344 
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venues and opening hours

Deakin University 
Melbourne Burwood Campus
Building FA
221 Burwood Highway
Burwood VIC 3125

Deakin University Art Gallery
Building FA
Open: Monday – Friday: 10am – 4pm 
Closed Public Holidays

Free admission

Gallery Info

The Public Galleries Association of Victoria (PGAV) acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi-Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Owners of the lands where our office is located, and all Traditional Owners of country throughout Victoria and Australia. We recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples enduring traditions and continuing creative cultures. We pay our respect to Elders past, present and emerging.

We are an LGBTQIA+ friendly organisation and celebrate cultural diversity.