Anne Zahalka: The Landscape Revisited (Exhibition)
546 Dean Street, Albury, NSW, 2640, Australia
7th June 2017 to 5th November 2017
Established Australian contemporary artist Anne Zahalka rewrites the Australian myth with her latest photography exhibition, The Landscape Revisited. Photographed in Beechworth, the exhibition explores the imagery of iconic Australian paintings including works by Frederick McCubbin, Tom Roberts, Jane Sutherland, Sidney Nolan and Russell Drysdale. These images are carefully staged to reconstruct the celebrated paintings - now with a different cast, exploring ideas of belonging, displacement, discrimination, exile and home. From the earliest representations of the Australian landscape in art and literature through to modern day advertising and the film industry, romanticising the bush has become inextricably woven into Australian identity and mythology. Working with iconic images from Australian art Anne Zahalka explores the construction of a less romantic, less masculine and less Anglo-centric image of Australia. The continued celebration of the Heidelberg School and the consequent resurgence of nationalism that their work elicits seem strangely inappropriate to a population that is primarily urban and multicultural. Rewriting these familiar images, Anne Zahalka examines their stereotyping, subverting and challenging these with a humorous and critical voice. Photographs, original collages and related material show an ongoing exploration by the artist that spans over 30 years. Exhibition curated by Rita Lazauskas.