What is Silent Tears?
‘Silent Tears’ is a photographic and video project which has been developed in collaboration with the participants, who are women with a disability and survivors of gender violence. They represent a range of experiences and cultures providing an important and respectful narrative and validation of their experience, while also reaching out to other survivors and the wider community. The exhibition provides a focal point for discussion, education and awareness raising – providing the impetus for social change.

Who can get involved?
Women with disability who experience violence and women who acquired their disability as a result of violence are invited to share their stories and images as a way of breaking down the silence around this issue and from all parts of Australia. An International call out is currently underway.

How do I  get involved?
If you would would like to become a participant, please send us an email to photography@belindamason.com

What is the consent process?
A consent form will be provided, but you can revoke it at any point that if you no longer wish to participate. Every participant will approve the final photographs, footage, audio and text before any artworks are displayed in public. 

What does participating involve ?
The portrait and footage is taken through a glass screen that is covered in water droplets. This allows the person to obscure your identity as much or as little as you wish. An audio recording made of your story that edited and transcribed to appear beside your portrait. There is the option to have a video version of the image with your audio recording as the sound. There is a third option to be photographed in a documentary style to capture elements of the person’s everyday life. A narrator of your choice, will contextual your provided story. 

Can I have someone with me during the photography, filming and audio recording ?
Yes, making sure that you are supported in the manner of your choice is an essential component, prior, during and after your contribution to Silent Tears. 

What will happen to the photographs, footage and audio ?
The photographs and videos will become a part of this website. An audio book and hard copy book will be created. An app for people with sensory, learning and cognitive impairments will be created to access the Silent Tears exhibition. The photographs, footage and audio will be produced and displayed. Firstly, at the Ballarat International Foto Biennale from 22 August  – 20 September 2015 and is proposed to be shown at the United Nations in Geneva in 2016. The exhibition is proposed to travel both nationally and internationally. 

Contact information
Email: photography@belindamason.com
Phone: +61 (0) 414787788

Need Help ?

If you are feeling unsafe right NOW, call 000.

Are you experiencing sexual assault or domestic and family violence? Seeking to support someone who is?

Help and assistance can be found.

Call this number  1800 737 732 to access counselling delivered by qualified, experienced professionals 24-hours a day, seven days a week, from the National Sexual Assault, Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service. 

www.1800respect.org.au

People with Disability Australia (PWDA) has worked for over thirty years on the issues of violence, abuse and neglect of children and adults with disability. They have extensive expertise in this area, informed by research and individual advocacy. For many years, they have delivered training both to service providers and people with disability regarding violence, abuse, neglect and the rights of people with disability. PWDA is supporting people with disability who may be affected by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. They are providing individual advocacy to those who are affected, and can support you with deciding whether to participate, and supporting you while you tell your story to the Royal Commission. Call: 1800 422 015  Email: dris@pwd.org.au  Website: pwd.org.au

For further information for and about women with disability, go to wwda.org.au Women with Disabilities Australia’s (WWDA) work is grounded in a human rights based framework which links gender and disability issues to a full range of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights. This rights based approach recognises that equal treatment, equal opportunity, and non-discrimination provide for inclusive opportunities for women and girls with disabilities in society. It also seeks to create greater awareness among governments and other relevant institutions of their obligations to fulfil, respect, protect and promote human rights and to support and empower women with disabilities, both individually and collectively, to claim their rights.