I am interested in creating a succinct language between photography, video and textiles. My motivation to combine these mediums through chosen themes is driven by the visceral experience that tactility has upon human beings. Researching and remaking historical body adornment leads to re-contextualised contemporary forms through woven or crafted objects, which are photographed against the body.
Through my practice I reference and prioritise Indigenous knowledge and matrilineal systems to subvert colonial and Western histories contained with ethnographic and archival material. The representation of the black (Melanesian) female body and the politics of hair are ongoing themes that allow me to explore, combine and disrupt the confines of photographic and textile practices.
Lisa Hilli is a contemporary artist living on the lands of the Boon Wurrung and Woi Wurrung tribal / language groups of Narrm (Melbourne) Australia. Born in Rabaul, Lisa is a descendant of the Makurategete Vunatarai (clan) Tolai / Gunantuna people of Papua New Guinea. She received a Masters of Fine Art by Research degree from RMIT University. Several artworks created during her MFA were presented in the No 1 Neighbour: Art in Papua New Guinea 1966-2016 exhibition at the Queensland Art Gallery. Lisa was also a participating artist for A Bit Na Ta: Source of the sea, an audio-visual installation commissioned by the Queensland Art Gallery for the same exhibition.
Lisa’s work has been presented internationally at Framer Framed Tolhuistuin Amsterdam, Indonesian Contemporary Art Network Yogyakarta and BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts Brussels. She has been an artist in residence at the Australian Tapestry Workshop and was awarded a photographic prize for the Centre for Contemporary Photography Salon exhibition. Professionally Lisa has given presentations at the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria International and College Art Association Annual Conference, New York City. She has been a Melbourne Festival Cultural Ambassador, a co founder and advisor for the Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival and a participant in the 2016 Emerging Leaders Dialogue – a flagship event for the Australia-Papua New Guinea Network, Lowy Institute. Currently Lisa is a Museums Victoria 1854 Scholar undertaking a research project within Australian museums and public institution archives.