‘Resemblance 1, The Reader (Silke Leverkuhne/painter)’ is a postmodern exploration of European painting conventions of the 16th and 17th century through the contemporary lens of the 20th Century. This work was produced during a residency at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin during 1986-87, then exhibited at Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin 13 – 29 March, 1987, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney, 25 November – 20 December, 1987, The Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane 1988, and the Dubai Photo Exhibition, 16 – 19 March, 2016.
‘Resemblance draws on the aesthetic conventions of seventeenth century Dutch genre painting, utilizing the formal elements of their compositions, while reinvesting them with references to contemporary life. Through the insertion of biographical details via anachronistic elements, and within plays of humour, parody and melodrama, these devices are a way of bringing into question (or seeking to understand) the influence of European culture and the nature of its encumbent value system.
Anne Zahalka is one of Australia’s most highly regarded photo-media artists having exhibited extensively in Australia and overseas for more than thirty years. Her works are held in major public collections including National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of New South Wales, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, Australian Bicentennial Collection, Parliament House, Canberra, National Gallery of Victoria, Sir Elton John Collection, Deutsche Bank Collection, International Polaroid Collection, USA, and Visart, New York. She has been included in milestone international exhibitions such as a solo show at the Australian Embassy in Washington; Three Australian Photographers: Bill Henson, Tracey Moffatt and Anne Zahalka, at GEM/Fotomuseum in The Netherlands, Supernatural Artificial at the Chulalangkorn Art Centre in Bangkok, and the Metropolitan Museum of Photography in Tokyo.