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Aqua Aerobics

Date: 1999
Overall: 1250 x 1550 mm, 0.18 kg
Medium: Type c print on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Photograph
Object No: 00030677
Place Manufactured:Sydney

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    A colour photograph by Anne Zahalka titled 'Aqua Aerobics' (5/20).
    The photograph is part of the series 'Leisureland' created by Zahalka which focused on our approach and relationship to leisure in Australia.
    On the back reads "'Aqua Aerobics' A. Zahalka 1999, The temple for body . Soul".
    SignificanceSun, beach and water have long been identified with leisure and holiday fun. We flock to beaches, rivers and pools to relax and escape the stresses of everyday life - revisiting favourite playgrounds and meeting places. The swimmers, lifesavers, sunbathers and surfers who inhabit these leisure places have become iconic figures in the Australian cultural landscape.
    HistoryAnne Zahalka work investigates many themes and in this series it is the central place of leisure, sport and entertainment within Australian culture through a series of hyper-real photographic images taken from real locations. Focusing on theme parks, entertainment centres, shopping arcades, indoor rock climbing gyms, museums, aquariums, video parlours, cinemas, and sporting complexes, these photographs document the artificial nature of these environments and reflect on our fascination with them.

    The photographs examine our relationship to leisure and provide a record of some of its ritualised forms. Zahalka presents the fantastic diversity of commodified leisure and considers the formidable industry it has become.

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