ZAHALKAWORLD coming to the National Art School

by | Jul 8,2024

ZAHALKAWORLD: an artist’s archive is a major survey exhibition that brings together key bodies of work from Anne Zahalka’s photographic practice, presented alongside collected ephemera from her studio and archive. She is known for images that deconstruct and re-present familiar scenes, allowing for alternative narratives.

First presented at the Museum of Australian Photography (MAPh) in 2023, this new iteration of ZAHALKAWORLD at the National Art School will contain over 100 artworks from 15 different photographic series. Also on display will be the Kunstkammer – a life-size recreation of Zahalka’s house-studio within the gallery space, for which she won the Bowness Prize in 2023. Imaginative, immersive and playful, the installation invites audiences into the artist’s working life and creative process to explore the illusionary worlds for which she is renowned.


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Anne Zahalka, The Artist (self portrait), 1988
silver dye bleach print
50 × 50 cm
from the series Resemblance II