CYRUS TANG | ANNE ZAHALKA

Cyrus Tang,  Golden Hour - Summer Snow - 108 mins , 2018, archival pigment print, 65 x 65 cm.

Cyrus Tang, Golden Hour - Summer Snow - 108 mins, 2018, archival pigment print, 65 x 65 cm.

Congratulations to CYRUS TANG and ANNE ZAHALKA, finalists in the 2019 Olive Cotton Award for photographic portraiture. 


The finalist exhibition will open on 12 July and continue until 22 September, with the winner announced at the exhibition opening at Tweed Regional Gallery on Saturday 13 July at 5pm.

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Anne Zahalka,  The Ambassadors , 2017, pigment ink on canvas, 124 x 94.4 cm.

Anne Zahalka, The Ambassadors, 2017, pigment ink on canvas, 124 x 94.4 cm.

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Anne Zahalka’s mother, Hedy (right), and friend, Prague, Czechoslovakia

Anne Zahalka’s mother, Hedy (right), and friend, Prague, Czechoslovakia

Hedy Zahalka's image recreated by Alice Zahalka and Sophie Wild, 2018

Hedy Zahalka's image recreated by Alice Zahalka and Sophie Wild, 2018

ANNE ZAHALKA is exhibiting contemporary street photography alongside photographs from the mid-20th century at the Museum of Sydney's exhibition Street Photography: 1930s - 1960s.

Commercial street photographers were a familiar sight on Sydney's streets, capturing everyday people as they strode by or stopped to pose. Taken against the vibrant background of the city streets, these photographs captured candid moments in the lives of millions of people, from uniformed servicemen and women to postwar migrants exploring their new city and young couples out for a day on the town. Following a hugely successful public call-out, the exhibition draws together photos from hundreds of private family albums. This extraordinary, largely unseen record of Sydney and its people is displayed alongside contemporary photography by Zahalka, capturing people on the streets of Sydney today. 

The exhibition has been so well received that it is shortlisted for MAGNA's Best Temporary/Travelling Exhibition 2019. It continues until 21 July.

Click here to see a short video on Anne’s inspiration behind the exhibition; here for an interview with Anne; and here for exhibition details.

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Anne Zahalka,  The Mallee, near Benetook in Sunraysia Region of Victoria , 2019, archival pigment ink on rag paper, 80cm x 80cm. Source: Museums Victoria.

Anne Zahalka, The Mallee, near Benetook in Sunraysia Region of Victoria, 2019, archival pigment ink on rag paper, 80cm x 80cm. Source: Museums Victoria.

ARC ONE Gallery is delighted to present Wild Life, Australia, a new body of work by one of Australia’s preeminent artists, Anne Zahalka.

The term Anthropocene describes an ecological turning point where the impact of human behaviour has significantly and permanently affected our planet, contributing to drastic changes on climate and the environment. In response, Anne Zahalka presents Wild Life, Australia, a reimagining of early Australian dioramas from natural history museums that mark out unsettling ethical and environmental issues in this country. Re-working these contrived ‘habitats’ to acknowledge First Nations people and the impact of colonisation, Zahalka reflects on the permanent altering of the Australian environment within the age of the Anthropocene.

Habitat displays and dioramas have been part of natural history museums since at least the late nineteenth century. Intended to educate museum visitors about native flora and fauna, these displays present pristine environments, frozen in time, devoid of man-made issues. By digitally inserting traces of reality into this idealised, optimistic imagery, Zahalka subverts these fixed narratives and reflects on the changing relationship that exists between people and the natural world. Working with conservationists, curators and photographers in the field of birds, bats, marsupials, mammals and amphibians, Zahalka has identified original habitat locations and incorporated new data to set out alternative and contemporary ways to view these landscapes.

Anne Zahalka,  Fruit Bat, Nepean River, Sydney Region of New South Wales , 2019, archival pigment ink on rag paper, 98cm x 80cm. Source: Museums Victoria.

Anne Zahalka, Fruit Bat, Nepean River, Sydney Region of New South Wales, 2019, archival pigment ink on rag paper, 98cm x 80cm. Source: Museums Victoria.

In this exhibition, Zahalka digitally disrupts, hand-colours, and evolves archival photographs of historic Australian habitat displays so they become bearers of contemporary meanings and inferences. Birds ingest plastic with devastating results, planes and helicopters slash across painted skies, waterholes are drained, heat exhausted fruit bats fall from trees, bushfires blaze, housing developments invade, and cars and buses scar the landscape. Based on current science and the damaging carbon footprint left by tourism, industry, and population growth, the digital interventions within these re-imagined displays are pointers to the ongoing negative impact humans have had on the natural world and the need to take action.

With a career spanning more than three decades, Anne Zahalka is one of Australia’s leading contemporary artists. She has exhibited widely since the 1980s, nationally and internationally. Zahalka’s work has featured extensively in major exhibitions, including Civilization: The Way We Live Now, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Korea, Gwacheon, South Korea (2018); The Photograph and Australia, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (2015); Mix Tape 1980s: Appropriation, Subculture, Critical Style, National Gallery of Victoria (2013); Things – Photographing the constructed world, curated by Helen Ennis, National Library of Australia; Three Australian Photographers: Bill Henson, Tracey Moffatt, and Anne Zahalka, GEM/ Fotomuseum, Den Haag, Netherlands (2007); Leisureland, Australian Embassy in Washington (2007); and Fieldwork: Australian Art 1968 – 2002, National Gallery of Victoria (2002).

Select recent solo exhibition include Street Photography, Sydney Living Museums, Museum of Sydney (2019); The Fate of Things: Memory objects and art, with Sylvia Griffin, Sydney Jewish Museum (2019); The Landscape Revisited, MAMA Murray Art Museum, Albury NSW (2017); Anne Zahalka: Playground of the Pacific, Manly Art Gallery & Museum, Sydney (2016); Parliament House at Work, 25th Anniversary commission, Parliament House, Canberra (2014); Anne Zahalka: A Case Study, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery (2013).

Anne Zahalka’s work is held in many public and private collections including the National Gallery of Australia; Art Gallery of New South Wales; National Portrait Gallery; Australian Bicentennial Collection; National Art Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand; Parliament House Collection; National Gallery of Victoria; Sir Elton John Collection; Deutsche Bank Collection; International Polaroid Collection, USA; Visart, New York; and numerous other regional galleries, universities and private collections in Australia and abroad.

This exhibition is part of CLIMARTE’s ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2019 - a socially-engaged festival of climate change related arts and ideas featuring curated exhibitions and theatre works alongside a series of keynote lectures, events and public forums featuring local and international guests. www.artclimatechange.org.au.

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Anne Zahalka,  The Cleaner (Marianne Redpath/performance artist)  from the series  Resemblance,  1987, cibachrome photograph, 80 x 80 cm.

Anne Zahalka, The Cleaner (Marianne Redpath/performance artist) from the series Resemblance, 1987, cibachrome photograph, 80 x 80 cm.

ANNE ZAHALKA will be discussing her influential Resemblance series and its companion series Details at the Monash Gallery of Art this Sunday 3 March at 2pm.

This series draws on the aesthetic conventions of seventeen century Dutch genre painting, utalising the formal elements of their compositions, while reinvesting them with references to contemporary life.

The works are included in 'Robyn Stacey: as still as life' which closes this weekend. The exhibition explores still life photography, placing the genre and Robyn Stacey’s work into context.

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JACKY REDGATE & ANNE ZAHALKA

Jacky Redgate,  Light Throw (Mirror) #4 , 2009-10, C-Type phoograph (hand-printed from original negative), facemounted to UV perspex.

Jacky Redgate, Light Throw (Mirror) #4, 2009-10, C-Type phoograph (hand-printed from original negative), facemounted to UV perspex.

JACKY REDGATE and ANNE ZAHALKA are included in the exhibition Robyn Stacey: as still as life. Drawn from MGA's collection, Jacky Redgate and Anne Zahalka's works are part of an exploration of still life photographs, which place the genre and Robyn Stacey's work into context.

The exhibition opens 24 November and continues until 3 March 2019.

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A beautiful image of ANNE ZAHALKA laying down her carpet of letters from her grandmother Margarete for her exhibition The Fate of Things: Memory Objects and Art at the Sydney Jewish Museum.

Her artist statement reads: ‘Following the death of my mother in 2016, I began the melancholic task of sorting her belongings. Salvaged amongst these were a collection of letters, diaries, photographs, recipe books, embroideries and linen that had been carried across countries and oceans to finally rest here on this shore. As the child of a Holocaust survivor, I became the keeper of these family relics with only partial knowledge of the stories they contained. Sifting through this archive and working with these objects, I have developed artworks to reconstruct this fractured history, to remember those lost and to honour the bonds that bind me. As an inheritor of this trauma, I grieve for my mother, for her loss and the family I was never to know’.

The Fate of Things: Memory Objects and Art will be open from 2 November - 28 February 2019.

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ANNE ZAHALKA will be part of Civilization: The Way We Live Now, a major photography exhibition at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Korea (MMCA). The exhibition, which comprises over 300 works depicting life in the 21st century, will be open from 18 October to 17 February 2019, and will then travel to different art institutions around the world, including the National Gallery of Victoria.

Zahalka will be showing her Open House series from 1995.

To view Zahalka’s Open House series, click here.

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Anne Zahalka ,  Sunday, 2:09 , 1995, Duratran and Light Box, 125 x 190 x 25 cm

Anne Zahalka, Sunday, 2:09, 1995, Duratran and Light Box, 125 x 190 x 25 cm

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Anne Zahalka, portrait by Nick Cubbin.

Anne Zahalka, portrait by Nick Cubbin.

ANNE ZAHALKA's online project Nobody Loves You More Than Me: Finding Margarete has been reviewed by Art Guide. Zahalka's project is an interactive text based documentary, produced by SBS Australia, which explores the story of Anne Zahalka's grandmother, Margarete Back, who disappeared during World War Two.

As next year marks the 80th anniversary of the start of WWII, this text based documentary offers a unique perspective on those who lived and those who lost loved ones during Hitler’s reign. Zahalka’s

Nobody Loves You More Than Me: Finding Margarete can be found online at SBS at this link.
Read Art Guide’s review here.

ROBERT OWEN, JULIE RRAP & ANNE ZAHALKA

Robert Owen, 'Feeling Form (Blind Carving)', 1958, plaster of paris, 7.5 x 18 x 9.5cm.

Robert Owen, 'Feeling Form (Blind Carving)', 1958, plaster of paris, 7.5 x 18 x 9.5cm.

ROBERT OWEN, JULIE RRAP and ANNE ZAHALKA are included in the exhibition 'National Art: Part One' at the National Art School Gallery'.

A review of the exhibition, with a photograph of Anne Zahalka standing in front of her work 'Outlawed!' was published in the Sydney Morning Herald yesterday.

Pictured is one of Robert Owen's blind carving sculptures he did at the National Art School from 1958.

The exhibition continues until October 27.

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JULIE RRAP, CYRUS TANG & ANNE ZAHALKA

Julie Rrap,  Breath Stream , 2018, pigment ink-jet print, hand-ground glass, 66.0 x 116.0 cm

Julie Rrap, Breath Stream, 2018, pigment ink-jet print, hand-ground glass, 66.0 x 116.0 cm

Cyrus Tang,  A Simple Life (118 minutes),  2018, archival pigment print, 65 x 65cm. 

Cyrus Tang, A Simple Life (118 minutes), 2018, archival pigment print, 65 x 65cm. 

Anne Zahalka,  Krazy Kashmiris in Stagland ,  2018, pigment ink-jet print on canvas, 100 x 136 cm

Anne Zahalka, Krazy Kashmiris in Stagland,  2018, pigment ink-jet print on canvas, 100 x 136 cm

Congratulations to JULIE RRAP, CYRUS TANG and ANNE ZAHALKA, who have been shortlisted for the prestigious 2018 Bowness Photography Prize.

The judging panel, Dr Michael Brand, Director of AGNSW, artist Dr David Rosetzky and Anouska Phizacklea, Director of MGA, made the selection from an incredibly strong field of entrants that reflected the diversity and depth of photographic practice in Australia. 

The winner will be announced 11 October.

The exhibition is open from 29 September – 18 November 2018.

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EUGENIA RASKOPOLOUS | JULIE RRAP | ANNE ZAHALKA

EUGENIA RASKOPOULOS, JULIE RRAP and ANNE ZAHALKA have been included in the important exhibition Dark Rooms: Women Directing the Lens 1978–98 at Griffith University Art Museum. 

Griffith University Art Museum says: "Against the backdrop of the feminist movement and activism in arts and politics, many women artists during this period made work that refused the male gaze. Acutely aware of the ways in which the lens could empower or reduce the subject, they put themselves, friends, and family in the picture, and in doing so, changed the cultural landscape of Australia. Photomedia became an important way for artists to confront racism and the objectification of peoples; disrupt and subvert sexually violent imagery; and forge a renewed interest in psychoanalytic theory."

The exhibition opens 14 July from 2pm at the Griffith University Art Museum, Brisbane.

The exhibition runs until 25 August.

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Eugenia Raskopolous,  Untitled No 3,  1998, Ilfachrome photograph, 77 x 99 cm.

Eugenia Raskopolous, Untitled No 3, 1998, Ilfachrome photograph, 77 x 99 cm.

Julie Rrap,  Persona and Shadow: Madonna , 1984, cibachrome print, 194 x 105cm. 

Julie Rrap, Persona and Shadow: Madonna, 1984, cibachrome print, 194 x 105cm. 

Anne Zahalka,  The Artist (Self-Portrait), Berlin , 1987, cibachrome photograph, 80 x80cm. 

Anne Zahalka, The Artist (Self-Portrait), Berlin, 1987, cibachrome photograph, 80 x80cm. 

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ANNE ZAHALKA's iconic work The Bathers is currently on view at the Monash Gallery of Art in Legacy. Your Collection. Our Story. 

LEGACY teases out the fascinating and compelling stories behind the MGA's collection and their donors, and showcases significant works that chart the history of MGA.

The exhibition continues until 22 July.

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Anne Zahalka,  The Bathers , 1989, from the series  Bondi: Playground of the Pacific , chromogenic print, 95 x 112cm.

Anne Zahalka, The Bathers, 1989, from the series Bondi: Playground of the Pacific, chromogenic print, 95 x 112cm.

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SBS shares the untold story from ANNE ZAHALKA in Nobody Loves You More Than Me: Finding Margarete.

Nobody Loves You More Than Me: Finding Margarete is a new interactive text based documentary produced by SBS Australia, which explores the story of Anne Zahalka's grandmother, Margarete Back, who disappeared during World War Two.

As next year marks the 80th anniversary of the start of WWII, this new interactive text based documentary offers a unique perspective on those who lived and those who lost loved ones during Hitler’s reign.

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ANNE ZAHALKA,  Nobody Loves You More Than Me: Finding Margarete,  2018.

ANNE ZAHALKA, Nobody Loves You More Than Me: Finding Margarete, 2018.

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Anne Zahalka,  Leisureland  series, installation view, 2018. 

Anne Zahalka, Leisureland series, installation view, 2018. 

The group exhibition, Incommensurable, featuring ANNE ZAHALKA's Leisureland series has been reviewed in the press. 

Gael Newton's review here

Art Almanac review here

The Canberra Times review here

The exhibition continues at ANU Drill Hall, Canberra until 8 April 2018. 

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Anne Zahalka,  Santa’s Kingdom Christmas Tunnel, Fox Studios, Sydney,  2004, light-jet print, Type C, 115 x 145 cm.

Anne Zahalka, Santa’s Kingdom Christmas Tunnel, Fox Studios, Sydney, 2004, light-jet print, Type C, 115 x 145 cm.

ANNE ZAHALKA is included in Incommensurable, a group exhibition at Drill Hall Gallery in Canberra. The show looks at photo media in the era of globalisation and includes a selection of works from Anne's Leisureland and Natural Wonders series. 

Incommensurable will be on view from 22 February until 8 April. The artists will be in conversation with exhibition curator Terence Maloon Friday 23 February at 12 noon.

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ANNE ZAHALKA has been included in an exhibition titled Realising Mother, curated by Zorica Purlija. Presenting photographic, video and blog works by a collection of emerging and established Australian women artists, the exhibition investigates the role of the mother in our culture and the histories that continue to shape that role.

Anne Zahalka's poignant new video work, Rewriting, considers the painful separation between a mother and her two daughters at the onset of World War II. Having fled their home in Vienna as exiled Jews they find refuge in Czechoslovakia until the sisters receive safe passage to England. Their mother remains, surviving alone for nearly five years before being deported to Poland where she perishes.

The love and anxiety the mother feels and fears for her daughters is palpable, reminding us of this unconditional bond. Based on letters written by the artist's grandmother to her mother and aunt at this time, Zahalka has transcribed them from German into English to give voice to their trauma and to keep her memory alive. The rewritten letters have been sent to Zahalka's own daughter currently living in England to share their grandmother’s story and to reflect on their own separation.

The exhibition runs from 1 to 18 November at Kudos Gallery in Paddington, Sydney.

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Anne Zahalka,  Rewriting  (video still), 2017

Anne Zahalka, Rewriting (video still), 2017

A collection of letters, photographs and ephemera including the last photo taken of the artist's mother, aunt and grandmother together.

A collection of letters, photographs and ephemera including the last photo taken of the artist's mother, aunt and grandmother together.

JULIE RRAP, ANNE ZAHALKA and ROSE FARRELL & GEORGE PARKIN

Image: Julie Rrap,  Window Dresser No.1 (Marilyn) , 2000, digital print, 195 x 122cm.

Image: Julie Rrap, Window Dresser No.1 (Marilyn), 2000, digital print, 195 x 122cm.

ROSE FARRELL & GEORGE PARKIN, JULIE RRAP and ANNE ZAHALKA have been selected to exhibit in the group exhibition 'Self/Selfie' at the Ballarat International Foto Biennale

Curated by the Biennale Director, Fiona Sweet, the exhibition explores the whimsical nature of selfies, as well as their contribution to the growing culture of narcissism and promotion of conformist behaviour — and the development of the “anti-selfie” on social networks like Snapchat.

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CONGRATULATIONS to ANNE ZAHALKA! Her work, The Papapetrou Family, was highly commended by Judge and NGA Senior Curator, Dr Shaune Lakin, in the 2017 Olive Cotton Award, and was Winner of the Director’s Choice Award.

Anne’s theatrical and highly constructed portrait of celebrated photographer Polixeni Papapetrou, The Age art critic Robert Nelson, their children Solomon and Olympia and their rescue greyhounds Lexi and Mille, has been acquired for the Tweed Regional Gallery's Permanent Collection.

The exhibition is on view until Sunday 8 October 2017 at Tweed Regional Art Gallery. 

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Anne Zahalka,  The Papapetrou Family,  2017, dye sublimation on chromalux metal, 80 x 80 cm.

Anne Zahalka, The Papapetrou Family, 2017, dye sublimation on chromalux metal, 80 x 80 cm.

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Anne Zahalka,  Down on His Luck,  1983, original type C print, 31.6 x 23.7cm. 

Anne Zahalka, Down on His Luck, 1983, original type C print, 31.6 x 23.7cm. 

ANNE ZAHALKA has an upcoming solo exhibition, The Landscape Revisited, at the Murray Art Museum Albury. For the exhibition, Zahalka explores the imagery of iconic Australian paintings including works by Frederick McCubbin, Tom Roberts, Jane Sutherland, Sidney Nolan and Russell Drysdale.

Her photographic images are carefully staged to reconstruct the celebrated paintings - now with a different cast, exploring ideas of belonging, displacement, discrimination, exile and home.

A series of photographs, original collages and related material will present Anne Zahalka's ongoing exploration of Australian identity and mythology that spans over 30 years. 

The exhibition runs from Friday 26 May - Sunday 5 November 2017. 

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