Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Syd

27 October – 13 November 1993


Locations, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art

13 November – 20 December, 1992

National Museum of Indonesia (Jakarta)

14 – 26 June 1994

National Gallery of Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur)

1 – 31 May 1994

National Gallery of Thailand (Bangkok)

4 – 27 March 1994

Metropolitan Museum of Manila (Manila)

01 January – 28 February 1994

Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space (Tokyo)

22 – 30 November 1993

Artspace (NSW)

30 July – 11 September 1993

University of South Australia Art Museum

4 – 27 March 1993

Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (VIC)

12 November 1992 – 21 February 1993

Journeys in the Dreamland, Fotogallery, Cardiff

January 2000

Robert Sandelson Gallery, London


Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane

31 January – 9 March 2002


This series of illuminated light boxes explores the relationship between the city and its inhabitants.

{ Fortresses and Frontiers is a body of work exploring the relationship between the city and its inhabitants. The images, presented in large light boxes, a technological product of the times offer us alternative views of the city to those projected by tourism or documentary photography. They play with notions of truth with its supposed fix on the real by presenting other realities. ‘Zahalka’s photographs are often staged and always constructed with great deliberation…She uses photography in its optical capacity, as an instrument of perspective. Her pictures offer a point of view, rather than a slice of time.”

– Pavel Buchler, Anne Zahalka Theory takes a Holiday, Portfolio Magazine #31, United Kingdom 200

{Traversing the city by day and night, dawn and twilight Zahalka sets her subjects within these environments or against the city backdrop. ‘These strangely familiar scenes are her urban fictions that blazon the truths of metropolitan life.”

– Peter Emmett, catalogue notesSydney Metropolis + Suburb + Harbour, Museum of Sydney, Australia 2000