from the Bondi: Playground of the Pacific series 1989
- type C photograph
- 76.4 × 92.5 cm (image)
- Place/s of Execution
- Sydney, New South Wales
- Accession Number
- Australian Photography
- Credit Line
- National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
© Anne Zahalka/Licensed by VISCOPY, Australia
- Gallery location
- Not on display
- About the work
In her Bondi: Playground of the Pacific series, Anne Zahalka wittily explores and subverts the mythologies and stereotypes that have evolved around Sydney’s Bondi Beach. To signal that she is working in the realm of ideas rather than observable reality, she sets her photographs in a studio setting, importing sand, furniture and beach paraphernalia, and using an obviously artificial, painted backdrop whose edges are clearly visible.
Zahalka takes as her inspiration the celebrated Charles Meere painting Australian beach pattern (1938–40) (Art Gallery of New South Wales). But unlike Meere’s original, which has a cast of athletic and heroic Anglo-Celtic men and women, Zahalka chooses people who reflect the multicultural and culturally diverse nature of contemporary Australia.