Silent Tears gives expression to the true stories of 12 Australian women with a disability who have endured domestic violence, using saturated water to symbolise the streams of tears the survivors have silently endured.
Each participant portrayed in Silent Tears has either experienced violence because they have disability, or have acquired impairment as a result of violence.
Led by Belinda Mason and supported by emerging artists Dieter Knierim, Margherita Coppolino and Denise Beckwith, this immersive display features video and documentary photography to deeply resonate with audiences.
“The power of Silent Tears lies in the hands of those who participate in it. Without stories there is silence. Without stories told, we are voiceless. Without stories heard, we are invisible. It is even harder when the stories are hard to hear and impossible to imagine,” said Belinda Mason.
“Bearing witness to the realities of these women’s lives should be uncomfortable and challenging for audiences.”
Following its premiere at the Ballarat International Foto Biennale in August 2015, selected works from Silent Tears will soon feature in Mason’s forthcoming address at the United Nations in Geneva on 12 April, for a special presentation commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
The Silent Tears Project is also co-hosting a parallel event with the Australian Government, as part of Australia’s contribution to the United Nations 2016 Commission on the Status of Women (CSW60) in New York City on 18 March 2016.
What: Silent Tears exhibition
When: Tuesday 1 March until Friday 22 April
Where: Herbert Smith Freehills Law Library, Sydney Law School, the University of Sydney
Cost: Free, no booking required