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Anne Zahalka

born 1957

Anne Zahalka is one of Australia's leading artists in photo media, often exploring the themes of cultural identity, nationalism and the individual’s responses to stereotyped identities. Her Jewish Austrian mother and Czechoslovakian father met in England after escaping Nazi occupied Europe. They then moved to Australia as refugees from Communist Czechoslovakia in 1950.

Zahalka trained as a photographer at East Sydney Technical College and Sydney College of the Arts. She graduated with a Master of Fine Arts from the University of New South Wales in 1994. She has received several fellowships and awards including Kunstlerhaus Bethanian, Berlin 1986. In the late 1980s her works appropriated images from old master paintings, photographs and iconic Australian paintings. She played with themes of nostalgia, translating familiar images into contemporary photomedia, producing a new way of seeing something we have become familiar with.