Anne Zahalka (AU)
Image: Anne Zahalka, You Are On Dharawal Land!, 2020. Courtesy the artist and ARC ONE Gallery.
Anne Zahalka is one of Australia’s most respected photographic artists. She has held more than 40 solo exhibitions and been curated into over 140 group exhibitions. Zahalka’s work is represented in major national and international collections including the National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of New South Wales, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra and the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Zahalka has consistently and consciously explored the conventions of documentary photography and its claims to represent the truth. Her reputation as a significant artist was secured with the Resemblance series, produced In 1986 during a residency at the Kunstlehaus in Berlin. A series of costume dramas, it also borrows knowingly from the canon of art history. Her borrowing of art history continued with the Landscape Revisited series. Spanning 30 years, Landscape Revisited brings together photomontages based on early Australian paintings from the Heidelberg School with new iterations of Modernist works by the likes of Nolan and Drysdale, to rewrite colonial narratives, challenge stereotypes and construct a less Anglo-centric image of Australia.