Sydney - Internationally renowned human rights photographer Belinda Mason, in collaboration with videographer Dieter Knierim, unveils her latest multi-media project One Life as part of the Head On Photo Festival on 1 May 2017.
The six-week deeply personal multi-media project will be on exhibition at the Rocks Discovery Museum.
One Life asks the question – does one life matter?
One Life provides insights into the violence and discrimination that women encounter, both inside the criminal justice system and out – the two are inextricably linked.
Nationally, the number of female prisoners has grown at a faster rate than that of male prisoners. By 30 June 2015, the male imprisonment rate increased by 5 percent, compared to the same time the previous year, in comparison, the female imprisonment rate had increased by 9 percent. Violence is normalised with recent research suggesting at least 85 percent of women in Australian prisons are victims of abuse.
One Life journeys through the lives of ten women, chronicling their experience one minute before they’re released from prison, one hour afterwards, and then a day, a week, a month and a year after their release.
Through the portrayal of these women’s lives, Belinda poses the question – why should you care about these women?
“These women are mothers, sisters, daughters, wives and friends. They’re not just labelled by the occurrence that led them into prison, nor should they forever be defined by their experience within our justice system. At the end of the day, prisoners don’t stay in prison. Once released, they could become your neighbours, work colleagues and perhaps, even your friend. So why not take this opportunity to get to know them a little better” said Ms Mason.
This exhbition is supported by
Kilroy, D, 2016, Women in Prison in Australia, Current Issues in Sentencing Conference, https://njca.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Kilroy-Debbie-Women-in-Prison-in-Australia-paper.pdf