Anne Za­halka

Art Almanac - - ART IN AUSTRALIA -

The Land­scape Re­vis­ited Mur­ray Art Mu­seum Al­bury (MAMA) New South Wales Un­til 5 Novem­ber, 2017 MAMA’s lat­est show ex­poses myths of con­tem­po­rary so­ci­ety, and chal­lenges our pre­con­cep­tions about hu­man na­ture in a new se­ries of pho­to­graphs by Anne Za­halka. By restag­ing and re­cast­ing iconic Aus­tralian paint­ings – in­clud­ing those by Fred­er­ick McCub­bin, Tom Roberts, Rus­sell Drys­dale and Sid­ney Nolan – Za­halka ex­am­ines their stereo­typ­ing; sub­vert­ing and challenging them with a crit­i­cal, yet witty, voice. By mod­ernising these im­ages with a less ro­man­tic, mas­cu­line and An­glo-cen­tric rep­re­sen­ta­tion of Aus­tralia, she rewrites colo­nial egal­i­tar­i­an­ism and bush folk­lore.

Down on His Luck, 2017, pig­ment ink on archival pa­per, 100 x 134cm Courtesy the artist and Mur­ray Art Mu­seum Al­bury, New South Wales

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