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Cole Classic

Date: 1998
Dimensions:
Overall: 1250 x 1550 mm, 0.18 kg
Medium: Type c print on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Classification:Photographs
Object Name: Photograph
Object No: 00030678
Place Manufactured:Sydney

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    A colour photograph by Anne Zahalka titled 'Cole Classic' (5/20).
    The photograph is part of the series 'Leisureland' created by Zahalka which focused on our approach and relationship to leisure in Australia. The title 'Cole Classic' refers to the annual open ocean race now held at Manly Beach, New South Wales, Australia.
    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.

    The Cole Classic is an open-water swimming event, held annually at Manly in Australia. It was started by the Cole family in 1982, however is now organised by Fairfax Events for The Sydney Morning Herald and in conjunction with the Manly Life Saving Club.
    The race occurs on the first Sunday in February. Although originally staged at Bondi Beach (where Zahalka's photograph was taken) it was moved to Manly in 2007.

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