Close up black and white photograph of Olive Cotton's face.

Family Fragments

  • Past Exhibition

When photographer and writer Sally McInerney’s aunt found a handful of half-destroyed family photographs in her garage, a labour of love was set in motion. 

Sally added these photographs to her own collection, and set out to interview family members and friends to unravel the story behind them. 

The resulting artist’s book includes eleven photos by Sally’s mother, the late Olive Cotton - one of Australia’s greatest photographers - which had never before been published. 

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Sydney NSW 2000
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When photographer and writer Sally McInerney’s aunt found a handful of half-destroyed family photographs in her garage, a labour of love was set in motion. 

Sally added these photographs to her own collection, and set out to interview family members and friends to unravel the story behind them. 

The resulting artist’s book includes eleven photos by Sally’s mother, the late Olive Cotton - one of Australia’s greatest photographers - which had never before been published. 

Family Fragments comprises 37 haunting solar plate etchings and handmade paper folders with beautifully handwritten inscriptions by Sally McInerney, providing a rare insight into the private lives of one of Australia's artistic icons and her husband’s family.

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Meet the Curator

Avryl Whitnall, exhibition curator sits at her desk in the State Library offices.

Avryl Whitnall

Avryl Whitnall is a Creative Producer in the Exhibitions team and has a long-standing fascination with the State Library’s collections. She has curated exhibitions including The art of Audubon & Gould (2000), Villas of Darlinghurst (2002), Max Dupain – Modernist (2007), Kahlil Gibran: The Prophet, The Artist, The Man (2011), as well as project managing and providing curatorial coordination for over thirty of the State Library’s exhibitions and the Amaze Gallery.