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Margaret Whitlam Galleries

Beyond the Blind Spot


Belinda Mason
FROZEN, Candice, Australia, from Silent Tears Series
67 x 100 cm

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Margaret Whitlam Galleries, Female Orphan School, Western Sydney University ( Parramatta South Campus), First Level, West Wing , Building EZ, Parramatta (South) Campus , Corner of James Ruse Drive and Victoria Road, Rydalmere (View Map)
1 Apr - 18 Jun 2021
Gallery open only Open 10am-4pm, Wednesdays and Thursdays

"My goal is to prevent those who have suffered trauma from being reduced to a statistic.”
— Belinda Mason

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples should be aware that this exhibition and associated materials may contain the images, and names of people who have passed away.

In this exhibition, Curator Dr Alasdair Foster brings together four significant bodies of work, exploring the intersections of disability, sexuality and gender identification (Outing Disability – Gallery Three), disability, violence and shame (Silent Tears – Gallery One), and disability and indigeneity (Unfinished Business – Gallery Two), while celebrating the courageous Indigenous women who speak out against domestic violence (Breaking Silent Codes – Gallery Three).

When injustice is manifold, one inequity can blind us to another. The work of the artist Belinda Mason takes us beyond that blind spot. Fearless, empathic and poetic, her work movingly advocates for the rights of people with disability, those who suffer violence, and those oppressed on the basis of their sexuality, gender identity or ethnicity.

Her creative approach flexes to the needs of each of the individual experiences to which she bears witness through her art. Sometimes a solo practitioner, at others she leads Blur Projects, a creative team of people with disability whose principle members are the photojournalist Denise Beckwith and the young videographer Dieter Knierim.


Dr. Alasdair Foster is Professor of Culture in Community Wellbeing, School of Public Health, The University of Queensland and Adjunct Professor, School of Art, RMIT University, Melbourne.