Anne Zahalka’s ‘Koala, Yarra River at Woori Yallock, Victoria’ from the photographic series ‘Wild Life Australia’ reimagines early Australian dioramas from natural history museums that mark out unsettling ethical and environmental issues in this country. This series digitally inserts traces of reality into idealised, optimistic imagery, where fixed narratives are subverted, reflecting on the changing relationship that exists between people and the natural world.
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 works are held in major public collections including National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of New South Wales, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, Australian Bicentennial Collection, Parliament House, Canberra, National Gallery of Victoria, Sir Elton John Collection, Deutsche Bank Collection, International Polaroid Collection, USA, and Visart, New York. She has been included in milestone international exhibitions such as a solo show at the Australian Embassy in Washington; Three Australian Photographers: Bill Henson, Tracey Moffatt and Anne Zahalka, at GEM/Fotomuseum in The Netherlands, Supernatural Artificial at the Chulalangkorn Art Centre in Bangkok, and the Metropolitan Museum of Photography in Tokyo.