Anne Zahalka, one of Australia’s leading photographers, has turned her lens towards QVMAG’s historic dioramas. Lost Landscapes is the latest iteration in her series Wild Life, a project in which she unearths habitat displays from around Australia and re-imagines them to reflect contemporary concerns about the environment.
The popularity of dioramas faded as museum displays technology advanced. Today they are mostly lost or destroyed. For the first time, this exhibition brings together QVMAG’s historic dioramas, restored as they were originally displayed here at Royal Park, alongside Zahalka’s radical interpretations.
In an era of climate change awareness, this exhibition calls us to notice the drastic changes in the Tasmanian environment and our role in its degradation or preservation. Using digital manipulation to interrupt the idealistic and static landscapes depicted in the dioramas, Zahalka offers both apocalyptic and utopian visions of what our future could be.