‘Through my eyes’ is a collaborative, arts-based knowledge translation research project initiated at Black Dog Institute and UNSW Sydney in 2018 by Diane Macdonald, Angela Dew, Karen Fisher and Katherine Boydell.
Through participant-led photographic enquiry, we seek to reveal fresh perspectives on disability to challenge pervasive, limiting negative attitudes and assumptions.
Women with disability face participation barriers based on long-held attitudes around their identity that adversely affect their health, income levels, and access to education and employment. It is through a reductive, narrow view of disability identity that disabling assumptions arise and discriminatory barriers are reinforced.
To challenge these assumptions, six female photographers with physical impairment shared their personal experiences and stories through the medium of photography. Over a period of three months, they conceived and constructed visual responses to four feminist topics: the politics of appearance, sexuality, exclusion/inclusion and power imbalances.
To see the result of their photographic research journey, which offers a unique insight into the lived experience of disability today, visit our exhibition page.