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Title

The writer (Dr Michael Haerdter/director, Künstlerhaus Bethanien)

1987
printed 2007


Artist

Anne Zahalka

Australia

14 May 1957 -


About

As part of a generation of Australian women artists who came to the fore in the early 1980s, Anne Zahalka’s practice has always been concerned with questioning dominant myths and cultural constructs. The broad sweep of Zahalka’s oeuvre has often been underpinned by a common strategy: the world in her images appears as theatre where place, gender and national identity are questioned.

In 1986 Zahalka undertook a residency at the Künstlerhaus in Berlin where she produced the series ‘Resemblance’. This group of eleven, highly orchestrated portraits of her contemporaries, quotes widely recognised conventions from 15th-17th century European painting. In ‘The writer…,’ the then director of the Künstlerhaus Bethanien is posed to resemble a 16th century European intellectual as though painted by Hans Holbein the Younger. As a portrait of a real person and a commentary on representation, the work alludes to the ease with which identities can be arranged and re-arranged.


Details


Dates

1987
printed 2007


Media category

Photograph


Materials used

Ilfochrome photograph


Edition

Artist proof from an edition of 10 + 2 APs


Dimensions

81.5 x 81.5 cm image (sight); 85.4 x 85.4 x 3.7 cm frame


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Gift of the artist 2011. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program


Location

Not on display


Accession number

395.2011


Artist information

Anne Zahalka

Works in the collection

28


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Centre for Contemporary Photography, Hall of mirrors: Anne Zahalka portraits 1987-2007, 2007, (illus.).