Dieter Knierim is a Sydney-based photographic and video artist. He completed his undergraduate degree, Bachelor of Communications in Media Arts & Production at University of Technology Sydney in 2016. He is currently a studying a Bachelor of Science at Macquarie University.
Working with peak bodies such as First Peoples Disability Network, People with Disability Australia and Women With Disabilities Australia he has produce projects which reveal the complexity of the issues facing people with disability both internationally and nationally.
At the end of 2013 Dieter, completed his work on the project Unfinished Business along side Belinda Mason, creating an awareness of Indigenous Australians with disability, his 24 minute documentary, tells the story of 30 Indigenous Australians that come from all around Australia. This exhibition was shown at the United Nation in Geneva 2013 and in 2014 was shown at the Museum of Tolerance for the United Nations World Conference on Indigenous Persons in New York. The goal of this exhibitions is to shows the impact of disability within Indigenous communities and to help the participant a voice to the wider international audiences. This work is currently touring nationally.
In 2013, Dieter along side Belinda Mason, both completed “Outing Disability” a project about disability and sexuality within the LGBTIQ community partnering with NSW Family Planning. In 2013, Dieter became the winner of the Connections Anti-Poverty Award, and his work is included in the Australian National Maritime Museum, Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islander Studies. Dieter is a finalist in the Blake Prize, The Moran Prize, Josephine Urlich & Win Schubert Photographic Award.
In 2012, Dieter was involved with the Casula Power House, on the exhibition Inside, and exhibition which showed the diversity of women who are breaking down the stereotypes of how women in sport are defined.
With his brother Liam, in 2010, he founded Knierim Brothers Productions which currently provides services to the Film and Television Industry. Dieter identifies as a person with a cognitive disability.
As a young artist Dieter has already been exposed to large amounts of diversity that enables him to have deep understanding of the human condition. From the young age of 16 in 2010, Knierim was already teaching photography to young students in the remote community of Aurukun in Far North Queensland. At the age of 17, Knierim was sent back to Aurukun to create a training program for young adults on documentary filmmaking. This program was design to help younger generation and older generation to reengage with each other, to help culture to be carried down. In 2010, Knierim also took part in an exhibition called “Yolngu on Balanda”, along side Belinda Mason. As part of the project Dieter filmed and asked Indigenous Australian what they would like to say to a “non Indigenus Australians. This exhibition was opened at the Perth Centre of photography. By 2013, Knierim documentary “Black on White” along with Belinda Mason photographs were exhibited at the State Library of NSW for three months. This exhibition then inspired Knierim to continue his work within Aboriginal communities.
From 2010 to 2013, Knierim took part in the Festival of Dangerous Ideas as well as the topical debates at the St James Ethics Centre, interviewing people from all over the world about taboo topics, dealing with child soldiers, assisted suicide, body image, population debate, and interview such greats as Germaine Geer, Dick Smith and John Howard. From this Knierim was able to learn the complexities that there is no such thing as a simple solution and that there is not such thing as true right and wrong, and that ones opinion must be heard, reasoned with and discussed to evaluate ones own individual opinion.