OPEN
HOUSE
1996

Anna Schwartz Gallery

4 September, 1996

Fotogalerie in der Alten Feuerwache, Mannheim, Germany

December 1997

Selected works: Object of Existence, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne

8 – 22 December 1995

Selected works: Prospect: Photography in Contemporary Art Frankfurt Kunstverein, Frankfurt

9 March – 12 May 1996

Photography is Dead! Long Live Photography! Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

1997

Distanz und Domizil, Kunsthaus Dresden

1997

Selected works: Civilization: The Way we Live Now
National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul

18 September 2018 – 17 February 2019

ZAHALKAWORLD – an artist’s archive,
Museum of Australian Photography

10 June – 10 September 2023

works
overview

Examining the relationships and living situations of the occupants through the small rituals performed within daily life.

{ These light box transparencies expose the private interiors of Zahalka’s social milieu, examining the relationships and living situations of the occupants through the small rituals performed within daily life. They draw on the language of documentary photography, genre painting and T.V sitcoms but parody these genres in an ironic and critical manner. ‘Zahalka’s subjects are captured in moments of social interaction, private meditation or daily ritual… The scenes are familiar and open the private domain to public… It is this public examination of the everyday, the tensions, intimacies and desires played out within the home, paradoxically, the absolute normality of the setting, that instills in Zahalka’s images a sense of the uncanny or unhomely – a sense of lurking unease within what appears familiar.

– Jason Smith, Unhomely, published by Asialink Centre, the University of Melbourne 1998