Anne Zahalka is one of Australia’s most highly regarded photo-media artists having exhibited extensively in Australia and overseas for more than thirty years. Her work has often explored cultural stereotyping and challenged these with a humorous and critical voice. She deconstructs familiar images and re-presents them to allow other figures and stories to be told that reflect on cultural diversity, gender and difference within Australian society.
Zahalka is currently exhibiting ‘The Landscape Revisited’ at the Murray Art Museum in Albury and earlier this year exhibited her ‘Wild Life’ series in Perth. A major survey exhibition of Zahalka’s beach themed works was held at Manly Art Gallery & Museum in 2015 and included a new series of portraits of the Manly community. Zahalka completed a commission at Parliament House, Canberra to mark the 25th Anniversary of the building in 2014 and exhibited there with the series remaining in their collection. In 2008, the Centre for Contemporary Photography in Melbourne, mounted a major survey of her portrait work, Hall of Mirrors: Anne Zahalka Portraits 1987 – 2007 which toured to regional galleries in Australia as well as the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra. Sydney Airport also commissioned Zahalka for a major photographic project portraying migrants against the backdrop of Sydney’s multicultural community.
Zahalka’s work was selected for Dubai Photo Exhibition, an international photography exhibition of 28 participating countries, and she has undertaken numerous residencies in recent years including the Photography Art in Morocco with Amazigh Cultural Tours in 2016 and 2014. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and commissions, winning the Macarthur Cook Art Prize (2008), the National Photographic Prize (2007) and the Leopold Godowsky Photography Award in Boston, (2005). She is a finalist in the 2017 Olive Cotton Award for photographic portraiture.