Fortresses and Frontiers, 1993

27 October – 13 November 1993, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney

Selected Works:

Locations, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, 13 November – 20 December, 1992 and Asian Tour tour.
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, 1993
14 – 26 June 1994, National Museum of Indonesia (Jakarta)
1 – 31 May 1994, National Gallery of Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur)
4 – 27 March 1994, National Gallery of Thailand (Bangkok)
01 January – 28 February 1994, Metropolitan Museum of Manila (Manila)
22 – 30 November 1993, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space (Tokyo)
30 July – 11 September 1993, Artspace (NSW)
4 – 27 March 1993, University of South Australia Art Museum
12 November 1992 – 21 February 1993, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (VIC)
Journeys in the Dreamland, Fotogallery, Cardiff, January 2000
Robert Sandelson Gallery, London, 2000
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 ‘1 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.’2

1 Pavel Buchler, “Anne Zahalka Theory takes a Holiday”, Portfolio Magazine #31, United Kingdom 2000
2 Peter Emmett, catalogue notesSydney Metropolis + Suburb + Harbour, Museum of Sydney, Australia 2000

Catalogue Essay by John ‘William’ Potts