Andrea Zittel

'A–Z homestead unit (Commission for the National Gallery of Australia: Customised by Charlie Sofo)' 2012

Inhabitation dates

7 March – 10 March 2013
17 March – 22 March 2013

The A–Z homestead unit is currently on display in the International Galleries




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A–Z homestead unit

The A–Z homestead unit is a self-contained structure, a place to live and work in a remote environment. The sculpture is also a statement about freedom and independence in contemporary society. The small footprint and portable nature mean the unit is exempt from many building regulations: it can be rapidly assembled and disassembled, is light enough to be moved from place to place, and yet contains all that is required for a minimal lifestyle.

Andrea Zittel is interested in the idea of a work having multiple authors. While installed in the Sculpture Garden, the A–Z homestead unit is inhabited by Charlie Sofo. The artist will record his experience and conduct a range of activities inspired by the work, the Sculpture Garden and the city of Canberra. Some of the shared activities are by invitation; others are open to the public. For news and more information about the inhabitation see or visit the Gallery on Facebook and Twitter.

From 7 to 10 March and 17 to 22 March, the door is open from 11am to 1pm. At other times, or when the door is shut, Charlie Sofo prefers not to be disturbed. Please respect his privacy.


Andrea Zittel A–Z homestead unit (Commission for the National Gallery of Australia: Customised by Charlie Sofo) 2012 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Purchased 2012 © Andrea Zittel