‘I would like to show my respect to the traditional custodians of the land on which the project was conceived and realised, and to acknowledge their Elders, past and present. The Unfinished Business project would not exist without the guidance and cultural knowledge of the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have contributed to it.’ – Belinda Mason, Photographer
Unfinished Business reveals the stories of 30 people with disability from Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Through their involvement in the project each participant draws much-needed attention to critical issues that impact on their lives. Each participant’s story is complex and intertwined with Australia’s political and social history, which has resulted in today’s high rates of disability in Aboriginal and Torres Strait communities.
The Unfinished Business exhibition was launched in September 2013 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva by Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, then Director General of the United Nations Office in Geneva, and Peter Woolcott, Australia’s Ambassador to the United Nations. The work was displayed to coincide with the 24th Session of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), a body within the Office of the High Comissioner for Human Rights. The project was supported by the First Peoples Disability Network and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, through the Australian Mission in Geneva. In December 2013 the exhibition was displayed at the World Health Organisation Headquarters in Geneva. Unfinished Business was a part of Australia’s official contribution to the United Nations 2014 World Conference on Indigenous Persons. This was supported by the Australian Government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Unfinished Business is currently on an Australian Tour, for dates
BELINDA MASON – Photographer
Belinda Mason is a Sydney-based photographer whose work focused on taboo social issues that explore social taboos. Belinda is the 2008 winner of the Moran Prize for Contemporary Photography. Images from her “Black on White” series won her the 2008 Human Rights Award for Photography. In 2013, “Black on White” displayed at the State Library of NSW the exhibition featured 197 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islands voiced their opinions to white Australia. The series “Maningrida” also won the BHP Images of the Outback award for 2003, 2004 and 2013 and 3rd Place in the International Spider Awards for Photojournalism in 2008. The Maningrida series is part of the ACMP Collection 10, and NSW Art Gallery, Shoot The Chef exhibition. She is also the winner of the 2008 Iris Award from the PCP.
Belinda is first generation Australian and was born on Ngarrindjeri Land, grew up on Kaurna Country and home is Gadigal Country.