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Title

The girls #2, Cronulla beach

2007

Artist

Anne Zahalka

Australia

14 May 1957 –

  • Details

    Date
    2007
    Media category
    Photograph
    Materials used
    type C photograph
    Edition
    Artist proof, from an edition 10 + 2 APS
    Dimensions
    72.5 x 89.5 cm image (sight); 98.4 x 112.5 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
    398.2011
    Copyright
    © Anne Zahalka. Licensed by Copyright Agency

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    Works in the collection

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  • 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.

    Many of Zahalka’s more recent works are located outside the studio though the natural environment can be seen to be equally constructed. In ‘The girls #2, Cronulla beach’, the photographer has returned to the seaside, which was the setting for one of her most iconic series, ‘Bondi: playground of the Pacific’ 1989. The girls.. was made as a response to the Cronulla riots and after an introduction to Aheda Zanetti, the designer of the burqini. Zahalka ‘also knew of a documentary film being made following the recruiting of Lebanese men and women into the lifesaving club. It seemed like there was change adrift on the beachfront.’1 The permutations and post-modern anxiety about what constitutes Australian identity seen in the ‘Bondi…’ series, have spilled out into the real world. But the image of these young Muslim women lifeguards seems to celebrate the potential to transgress accepted value systems.

    1. A Zahalka et al, ‘Hall of mirrors: Anne Zahalka portraits 1987-2007’, Australian centre of photography, Sydney 2007, p 43

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

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