Gain a deeper insight into Unfinished Business, a photographic exhibition that tells 30 stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living with disability, with photographer Belinda Mason and collaborator in one of the images in the exhibition Jake Briggs, Project and Business Development Manager for the First Peoples Disability Network Australia.
Mason and documentary filmmaker Dieter Knierim have worked in partnership with the exhibition’s story tellers to reveal their experiences via 3D lenticular photographs, voice, video and text. This will also be an opportunity to find out more about the remarkable women featured in the exhibition who have made an impact on the lives of people with a disability such as Aunty Gayle Rankine and June Oscar; in keeping with the 2018 NAIDOC Week theme, ‘Because of her, we can!’.
Supported by The Australian Government, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
‘Becoming a quadriplegic when I had my accident – jumped into a pool and skimmed the bottom of the pool and my neck creased back and just slightly pinched on the spinal cord, which swelled up and starved all of the oxygen to the rest of my body. Yeah, just being a fair-skinned Aboriginal, it was hard, especially when people wouldn’t recognise that you are Koori, but I have always said it … “you don’t have to be black to be black.” Being of my complexion – and you know what I look like – I have never thought of myself as not being Aboriginal. Like, I have always felt that I fit in. That’s a good thing.
I have always felt that I belong.’
WONNARUA AND KAMILAROI MAN
CHAIRPERSON, ABORIGINAL DISABILITY NETWORK NSW