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 international component of Silent Tears, includes 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, West Africa, Mali, Pakistan, Samoa, England, Ireland, USA, South Africa, India, Germany , Italy, Netherlands 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 HERE if you have any further questions.
What does participating involve?
The portrait and footage are 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, footage, and audio will be produced and form part of the traveling multi-media exhibition Silent Tears.displayed. Click HERE to see the places that Silent Tears and other multi-media exhibitions by Blur Projects have been or are going to be displayed. The photographs and videos will also become a part of this website. An audiobook and hard copy book will be created in the future. An app for people with sensory, learning and cognitive impairments will be created to access the Silent Tears exhibition content.