BY BELINDA MASON
Mavis Wayne, a participant from the exhibition and patient from Purple House opened the exhibition at the Araluen Art Centre on Friday 8th July 2016.
Unfinished Business reveals the visual stories of 30 Aboriginal Australians with disability by photographer Belinda Mason and film makers Knierim Brothers. Each participant’s story is complex and intertwined with Australia’s social and political history, which has resulted in today’s high rates of disability in Aboriginal communities. The importance of the story for healing within the Aboriginal people is well established and underlies a major component of policy designed to improve the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal communities.
The exhibition was developed in close collaboration with Indigenous participants and the stories that they tell are their own and that of their people. The exhibition is an important acknowledgement to Aboriginal people that their unfortunate situations are being recognised and addressed. The exhibition brings a strong message for people with a disability that they are not alone. For Indigenous Peoples living with a disability to access programs and support services they must feel recognised and empowered to do so. The capacity to share this narrative is both empowering and strengthens the support available to local people living with a disability on their communities.
The artworks themselves are very unique, they are 3D backlit holographic lenticulars. The interviews are intimate self narrative works. The exhibition is accompanied by an apps for people with disability, cognitive and learning disabilty and audio AND AUSLAN. There is also a book and DVD.
Thank you to the team and the Purple House who do such an amazing job. Tim Chatwin and the people at Araluen Arts Centre were awesome to host the exhibition and to install it so beautifully.
For more information please visit Unfinshed Business website at