The exhibition Walking In My Shoes is part of a PhotoVoice Project where cameras are given to people who might otherwise not have access to such a tool, so they can record and catalyse change in their community. Eleven Hunter women who are ‘survivors of domestic violence’ took part in photography workshops with myself. The exhibition features photography by women who have at some time resided at Carrie’s Place after leaving domestic violence situations. The women tell their emotional and often raw stories through the lens. The project has given the women an opportunity to express their feelings and to continue their healing journey. The aim of the project is to raise awareness and educate the public about the impact of domestic violence.
The exhibition comes down next week April 4th. The show was a huge success, inspiration to me and many others and was featured on Channel 9 News when Donna Carson, auther of Judas Kisses spoke as part of an exhibition event organised for International Women’s Day and reviewed in the Newcastle Herald.
You gave me broken bones
You gave me bruises
You gave me eyes I could not see with
You gave me a mouth so swollen I could not speak with
You gave me your undying love and begged forgiveness
You gave me a broken heart
But you did not give me flowers
Wanda (exhibition text with the above image) 2010
Images: 1. Roaring Silence, Carol 2009 2. You Never Gave Me Flowers,Wanda 2010 3. Code of Silence, Donna 2009 4. Washday Blues, Vicki 2010