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Title

Artist #33 (Anne Zahalka), from the series Artists

1990
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.

With the ongoing series ‘Artists’, Zahalka turns her critical lens upon the creative process and the myth of the artist as hero. Each figure in the more than 25 portraits completed so far is a noted contemporary practitioner and Zahalka has shown them in clever set-ups that hint at or proclaim who they are. The artful and performative nature of ‘Artist #47 (Debra Phillips)’ conveys a self-reflexive play on notions of artistic ‘genius’. Numbered like a prototype inventory these collaborative portraits can appear ironic. In Zahalka’s self portrait, ‘Artist #33’, there is also delight and creative potential in play-acting with a stereotype which is being unmasked.


Details


Dates

1990
printed 2007


Media category

Photograph


Materials used

type C photograph


Edition

Artist proof from an edition of 10 + 2 APs


Dimensions

86.5 x 84.6 cm image (sight); 90.5 x 88.5 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

396.2011.2


Artist information

Anne Zahalka

Works in the collection

28


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


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