Social Conditioner Series 2016. Photo: Jeremy Weirauch


Born in Rabaul, Lisa Hilli is a descendent of the Tolai people of Papua New Guinea. Lisa’s artistic practice explores ideas surrounding her Papua New Guinean and Australian identity, cultural histories and materiality. Lisa utilises the mediums of photography, video, installation and Bilas; a Melanesian Pidgin English term for adornment and objects related to the body. 

Lisa’s work has been exhibited nationally around Australia and internationally at Framer Framed Tolhuistuin Amsterdam, Indonesian Contemporary Art Network Yogyakarta, Palais des Beaux-Arts Brussels, and Toi o Tamaki Auckland Art Gallery.

A co founder of the Pacific Women’s Weaving Circle in 2010, Lisa has also co-directed and produced film projects exploring contemporary Pacific identity in Australia and the Solomon Islands. She has been a Melbourne Festival Ambassador in 2011 and 2012 and was a co founder and advisor for the Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival in 2013. Currently Lisa is a Masters of Fine Art Research candidate, RMIT University and a Museum Victoria 1854 Scholar.