Rough and Cut | Head On Photo Festival

Rough and Cut

Abigail Varney

Paddington Reservoir Gardens

Exhibition Dates:

05 May 2017 - 28 May 2017

Exhibition Description

Rough and Cut is a photographic exploration offering a vivid perspective on the mining town Coober Pedy and it’s desert surroundings – photographed in 2015. Located 850 kilometres north of Adelaide, the town's isolation is palpable throughout the photographs, suffused with a strange dreamlike quality.  Infamous for its underground housing and opal mining, an inhospitable heat forces residents to shelter within – and under – the land, creating unique and intriguing scenes. 

After graduating from Photography Studies College in Melbourne, Abigail completed an internship with the late, truly great Mary Ellen Mark in New York. She finds inspiration travelling the world, and most recently, exploring her own country’s unique identity through its land and people.
Portraiture and landscape photography are two of Abigail’s great loves. In 2014, her series of up-and-coming artists featured in the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra. 

Rough and Cut was displayed at Sydney's Parliament House, and announced Landscape Winner at the Centre for Contemporary Photography in Melbourne. A photograph from the series was published as the Heart of the Nation photograph in the Australian Magazine.


Exhibition Space

Dates and Times

05 May 2017 - 28 May 2017

Open Hours

Opening Hours: 
Monday - Sunday: 9:00 am-5:00 pm