Emmaline Zanelli, Red Room (Safe House), 2017, archival inkjet print, 1189mm x 841mm, edition of 5

Emmaline Zanelli, Little Death (Mr Whippy), 2016, digital photograph, dimensions variable.

26 May—17 June, 2017

Emmaline Zanelli (SA)


ACE Across


Thursday 25 May, 5pm

Artist talk:

Emmaline Zanelli in conversation with Joanna Kitto, Thursday 25 May 5.30pm, Free

  • Wheelchair Access

Explore the work of emerging South Australian artist Emmaline Zanelli in RIFE MACHINE, a series of (de)constructed photographic portraits that blur people, spaces, memories and feelings.

Drawing on intimate relationships with friends and family members, Zanelli takes a dreamlike approach to her portraits as she pulls her subjects apart and mashes them back together. Thousands of glossy 6×4 patches of skin cocoon her brother’s fishing boat in a human shell; postcard prints of her own removed fallopian tubes are stapled together in a ceremonious suit, making her body whole again; an ex-boyfriend is cloaked in the face of her brother, transforming him into someone he admired.

Deeply personal and curiously sensational, RIFE MACHINE searches for a way of feeling that swims between real and unreal, domestic and dream.

With aggressive curiosity and playful irreverence, Emmaline Zanelli uses her pictures as a space to pull apart and rebuild the people around her. The absurdities and sensualities of human connections are investigated through an experimental working process where installation, photography and private performance for camera are messed with, mashed and layered. Throughout her work, the photograph becomes an object, the object becomes a sitter.

Zanelli has been actively exhibiting in South Australia since 2010. In 2016, she was the inaugural winner of the Helpmann Academy Watson Award, and was selected by the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art to exhibit in the annual HATCHED National Graduate Exhibition, where her work was highly commended. She then travelled to Sydney for her first interstate solo exhibition at Stills Gallery in Paddington. A selection of her work has been acquired by Artbank Australia and the City of Adelaide Civic Collection. In August 2017, Zanelli will travel to London to undertake an artist residency at the Slade School of Fine Art research centre. She currently works from her studio at Fontanelle Studios in Bowden.