Rocking Reflections by Paula Mahoney

Thursday 28 February 2019 - Friday 19 April 2019

Paula Mahoney, United we stand No.4, 2017, giclee print.

Paula Mahoney's Rocking Reflections is a backstage pass to see people from the music world photographed in a contemplative moment.

Mahoney’s portraits of heavy metal, rock and punk fans and musicians, taken in the early morning hours at the Bendigo Hotel in Collingwood, are made in her makeshift studio, metres from the stage.

As performers scream and rage each participant considers their own death, each holding in common a part within, set aside for this very music, this very noise. The participants all glance to the side lost in that universal moment, which is reflected in the groupings of four. Such personal acknowledgements of death are central to Mahoney’s work because it creates an awareness of our limits, and connects us to a greater whole and to each other. 

Rocking Reflections is a homage to the subcultures that live in, and visit Collingwood, holding a majestic space amongst this ever-changing suburb.

Paula Mahoney’s home and studio have been in Collingwood for 19 years. Mahoney completed her PhD at Monash University in 2017, and uses portraiture and performative photography to examine the arbitrariness of death and personal loss. The resulting works are at times her memento mori, a manifestation of her own death, her own self-mourning, and an exploration of collective mourning.

The exhibition is on at the Richmond Town Hall until 19 April. Visit reception to access the first floor exhibition spaces.

2019 City of Yarra Exhibition Program supported by Yarra City Arts.

Location & Contacts

Richmond Town Hall


Date and time:
Thursday 28 February 2019 - Friday 19 April 2019

333 Bridge Road