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The Candidate

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The Candidate

Belinda Mason

Women in Sport Exhibition, 2013

Lenticular photography


The Candidate is Belinda Mason’s 1mx lenticular photograph of Zahra Stardust, originally commissioned for the Onside Exhibition, a portrait series of Women in Sport. The image features a multi-dimensional image of Zahra Stardust and her pole in front of mirrors upon which she has written in hot pink lipstick words such as ‘solidarity’, ‘feminism’, ‘friendship’ ‘mentoring’ ‘musicality’ ‘activism’ ‘lactic acid’ ‘muscles’ ‘carpet burn’ ‘creativity’ and ‘diversity’. The Casula Powerhouse, who commissioned the artwork, later declined to show the artwork, claiming it was too provocative.

Read about the decision to exclude the image on Art Base.

The exhibition sought photographs blending art and sport and intended to ‘examine the complex issues relating to women and sport through an arts and cultural lens’, including ‘media representation, sexploitation and fair pay’. The image was part of a series of images of gridiron player Brooklyn Jackson, centenarian athlete Ruth Frith, hijab-wearing AFL player Lael Kassem, Indigenous longboard surfing champion Melissa Combo, and short-statured basketball player Brittany Mamula.


Exhibitions, Photography, Visual Art