Unfinished Business: A photographic essay by Belinda Mason

National Exhibition Register

  • Gayle Rankine, Chair, First Peoples Disability Network
    Belinda Mason Gayle Rankine, Chair, First Peoples Disability Network, 2013
    3D Lenticular photograph
    Image Credit
    Image courtesy of the artist

About the exhibition

Unfinished Business is a photographic essay by Belinda Mason which 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 Islander communities.

The exhibition is currently touring Australia after its launch on 9 June 2015. 

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 on 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 Mission Geneva. In December 2014 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 Aobriginal and Torres Strait Islander Program, an initiative of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. 

A documentary made by Dieter Knieram on the Unfinished Business participants and their stories recently won the Anti-Poverty 2013 award. Short 30 second extracts from this documentary are being broadcast by NITV. The documentary and short video extracts will be part of the exhibition.

The exhibition itself consists of 30 images of Indigenous Australians with disabilities. The images are presented as black and white 3D holographic lenticulars in backlit light box frames each 60 x 90 cm. Each photograph is accompanied by a text panel that tells the story of each participant including information about their disability. There is an app for people with sensory, cognative and learning impairment.

We will be making provision for Belinda Mason and participants to be available for public programs in each venue as required. First Peoples Disability Network are holding forums in conjunction with the exhibition. The Outback Academy are supporting the exhibition with workshops for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists with disability. The cost to each venue is estimated at $2800. 

Contact Belinda Mason to discuss available dates.

Artists and Curator


Belinda Mason, Dieter and Liam Knierim

Project Manager
Jenny Muir

Available Dates and
Exhibition Details

Available dates
01/06/2017 - 01/06/2019
Exhibition size
Under 50 sq or running metres
Originating state
Organised by
Jenny Muir and Belinda Mason
$2,800 (inc. freight)
Web Site
Accompanying materials available
Catalogue/Book, Education Kit, Exhibition Tour Manual, Installation Support Available, Interpretative/Didactic Panels, Invitations or Invitation Template, Labels, Media Kit, Public Program Opportunities, Signage
Other materials
Audio book and app.
Primary contact
Belinda Mason
Belinda Mason Photography Pty Ltd
0414 787 788