We do hope that you will send this invitation through your networks to support and enable women to participate.

Participation in the Silent Tears project is open to disabled women who have been subjected to violence and women who acquired disability caused by violence.

Each disabled women who participates can select an organisation to support their personal story providing written (and audio) content that explains the reasons for the violence and/or social and political context.

Silent Tears is a multi-media exhibition by internationally renowned photographer Belinda Mason, and artists with disability, Dieter Knierim, Margherita Coppolino and Denise Beckwith. The power of this exhibition lies within the stories shared by the participants who are women with disability who have been subjected to violence and women who have acquired their disability caused by violence.

The international component of Silent Tears, which is due for completion in 2017, will include the stories of 25 women with disability who come from five continents and 20 countries. Participants to date come from Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Guatemala, Mexico, Ecuador, Canada, Ghana, Mali, Pakistan, Samoa, USA, South Africa, India and Korea.
‘Silent Tears’  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.

Below are the answers to the most commonly asked questions, please contact us if you have any further questions. photography@belindamason.com


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 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 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.

  • 2018 September – Shiva Gallery, John Jay College of Criminal Justice New York for Criminal Justice.
  • 2017  July –  Venice Art Factory Galeria Zero
  • 2016 November MAMA Gallery Australia
  • 2016 October – Berlin Foto Biennale
  • 2016 March  – Sydney University Law Library
  • 2016 March – Commission of the Status of Women United Nations, New York
  • 2016 April – Committee on the Rights of People with Disabilities United Nations Geneva
  • 2015  – August Ballarat Foto Bienalle

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