20 July 2015
For the first time in the Northern Territory, people who are deaf or blind have the opportunity to access the detailed descriptions that bring an exhibition to life.
The Unfinished Business exhibition by Sydney-based photographer Belinda Mason reveals the untold stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with a disability, with the content also provided in sign language, audio description and captions.
Ms Mason said she hoped the stories about the struggle for many Indigenous Australians with a disability, would strike a chord.
“Without stories there is silence, without stories told we are voiceless. Without our stories heard, we are invisible,” Ms Mason said.
“It is even harder when the stories are hard to hear and impossible to imagine.”
“The stories have been made accessible with the help of the OpenAccess Tours app, developed by non-profit foundation Conexu, who provides the translation services and offers the app for free to anyone interested in the arts and museums.
Conexu Chief Strategy Officer Rachel McKay said that the arts were an important part of life that has previously been denied to many people. “One in six Australians is affected by hearing loss, so traditional audio tours can’t be used.
“We are delighted to have worked with Belinda on this exhibition as it makes its way around the world, and hope that people in the Northern Territory who have previously had very limited opportunity to experience the arts, will visit,” Ms McKay said.
Ms Mason said the exhibition was designed to prompt social change.
“The photo record from the exhibition provides an ongoing tool for training and education for workers in this field and a focal point for ongoing community awareness and engagement,” she said.
Unfinished Business has toured Geneva and New York and is open in Darwin until the end of August.
For more information visit www.unfinishedbusiness.net.au and www.conexu.com.au