Select works from Wild Life, Australia have been included in Art of Protest at Newcastle Art Gallery 30 October – 30 January 2022.
This exhibition surveys over 100 years of resistance, with new artists taking up the fight each decade. From worker’s rights, feminism, HIV/AIDS awareness, advocacy and compassion for all Australians, calls for environmental policy or the preservation of local heritage, through to the events of the past few tumultuous years – the COVID-19 pandemic, the apocalyptic bushfires of 2020 and an urgent need for action on climate change.
Curator Lisa Kirkpatrick writes “Anne Zahalka’s photographic re-creations preserve native fauna in their environment, comparing our past and present to question what will be left in our future…. Visitors have been really moved by the works, there have been lots of discussions, people comparing the differences from the original dioramas .. and in the back corner of the gallery there is an activity space where people can share their thoughts & create their own slogans and there have been lots of ‘ban balloons!’ etc messages going up.”