Women and sport? A complex issue! Can it be examined through art? Belinda Mason is one of the talented photographers that tried – back in 2013.
“The women shown are diverse and extraordinary because of their lives outside of sport. They are all strong and fragile, which is the thread that links womanhood. Their fears and insecurities are the foundations that have empowered their passions, and, in turn, give rise for them to experience larger and richer lives,” Belinda Mason tells Sport Executive.
“The women as a group represent the diversity of experiences of sport across cultural boundaries and societal expectations, each of these women has broken unwritten rules to play their sport and follow a passion that has broadened their lives outside of sport,” she continues.
Belinda Mason has worked as a freelance photographer in Sydney since 1990 providing photography services for a range of corporate, fashion, industrial, advertising, and media clients. Since 2000, Belinda Mason’s work has focused on taboo social issues that explore the very personal and sometimes difficult subjects of grief, body image, identity and family. Mason’s has conceptualised, produced and presented high quality socio-cultural engaged art exhibitions and events for national and international audiences.
For 14 years Mason’s exhibition of photographs titled ‘Intimate Encounters’ concerning sexuality and disability, toured to every metropolitan and key regional city throughout Australia – 32 venues from 2001 to 2007 and to nine international cities from 2002 to 2014 including London, Barcelona, New York, Toronto and Auckland.
The exhibition of media and photomedia titled ‘Unfinished Business’ by Mason exposed the impact of disability in Indigenous communities throughout Australia.
Other exhibitions include invited commissions. For example in 2013, the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Liverpool NSW, commissioned Mason to produce a series of 3D lenticlars photographs to explore her concept of ‘Women in Sport’. She selected women from diverse experiences including a 102 year old athlete who still competes and a Muslim woman who represents NSW in the Australian Football League. Two of these images are on permanent display at the building of the United Nations, Geneva.