Enhanced ability

Belinda Mason-Lovering created this photo of a little mermaid called, unsurprisingly, The Little Mermaid. This work is part of her exhibition in Lismore called Intimate Encounters which opens soon.

People with disabilities are beautiful, loving and sexual people mostly. But they are often undervalued and alienated in our society. Especially when it comes to sexuality and love.

Belinda Mason-Lovering has collaborated with people with physical, intellectual, learning, psychiatric and neurological disabilities, to challenge the hidden norms about what is sexy and who is allowed to feel that way. The result is her exhibition Intimate Encounters.

The exhibition breaks down the homogenised image of disability. Each persons experiences are unique and are respected as such, said Belinda. What the exhibition presents overall is the idea of choice and opportunity it empowers disability, rather than representing it as passive.

Intimate Encounters will be opened on Friday, January 19, at the Lismore Regional Gallery by Kath Duncan, ABC broadcaster, writer and media personality, at 6pm. Therell be entertainment and those little cubes of cheddar.

The exhibition will run until February 13.

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