Zahalka’s interiors have a particularly muted sonic quality arising from terracotta vessels, clay walls and dirt floors. This beautiful earthy visual and sonic tone is supported by natural light that chases along corridors and down stairs, penetrates small hand crafted apertures gently taking shafts of daylight into subterranean living spaces.
An installation involving projections, video, prints and vitrine with objects and artefacts from work made in Morocco
Standing on the threshold of paths, passages, stairwells and doorways, I am held in a state of suspension and stillness, ‘of hesitation, temptation, desire, security, welcome and respect’.
Travelling through the vast and ancient landscape of Morocco, El Magrib – (the far west), I felt I was between two worlds, gazing at a place so geographically, historically and culturally distinct from my own. I wanted to make images that would record these differences while reflecting on the inherent photogenic tropes and clichés that come with this territory.