Photographed in Forte Nepean and Gallipoli, Savas depicts landscapes marred by the First World War. Scenes of seemingly tranquil terrain reveal hints of spaces that hold trauma and tension synonymous with the current social climate in Australia. The implication of destruction exposed in the images reminds us of the true consequences of morphing something as tragic as war into a zealous sign of patriotism. As an Australian with a Turkish background I have always felt conflicted by the glorification of ANZAC day. Savas , literally meaning war in Turkish, explores how the ANZAC legend and myths pertaining to it, have been used as a historical precedence in forging Australia’s ethno-nationalist identity and more recently, unjust border security laws. Constant evocation of this mythology and the glorification of war, promotes a sentiment that has been thriving in recent years through the promotion of the ‘war on terror’ and has led to a surge in ordinary Australians viewing ‘the border’ as a necessary form of exclusion which must be defended to maintain White Nationalist Australia and save it from the racialised ‘others’. Nationalist practices of commemoration and a narrow interpretation of Australian identity, in which the ANZAC myth is central, has facilitated a platform to justify participation in military intervention in wars, namely, in Iraq and Afghanistan.