Uti talaigu | Welcome

Lisa Hilli is a contemporary artist living in Narrm (Melbourne). Through her practice she explores themes of gender and body politics, colonial history in the Pacific, adornment, femininity, matrilineality and indigeneity through the mediums of photography, video, textiles and installation.

Her work has been exhibited across Europe, America, Asia, Australia and the Pacific region. She has been commissioned for the Institute of Modern Art Brisbane and is currently working on a creative commission for the Australian War Memorial looking at shared war history between Australia and Papua New Guinea from the Second World War. Lisa has given public presentations at the National Gallery of Art, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Museum and College Art Association Conference in New York.

Lisa was awarded a Masters of Fine Art by Research from RMIT University. She has been an 1854 Museums Victoria post-graduate scholar and is part of an advisory for the School of Art, RMIT University. Lisa currently works at Museums Victoria in exhibition development for the Pacific gallery.

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Photographer Atong Atem
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Selected Exhibitions


Transits & Returns, Vancouver Art Gallery

Capital Ballarat International Foto Biennale


Dress Code Museum of Brisbane

The Commute Institute of Modern Art Brisbane

Mother Tongue Gertrude Contemporary Melbourne

Melbourne Art Fair presented by Blak Dot Gallery

Trade & Transformation solo exhibition, Blak Dot Gallery


An Unorthodox Flow of Images Centre for Contemporary Photography

A Bit Na Ta: Story of the Gunantuna Melbourne Museum


No 1 Neighbour:  Art in Papua New Guinea 1966-2016 Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art

Fifty Shades of Blak Blak Dot Gallery

Solomon Islands: Re-enchantment and the Colonial Shadow Anthropology Museum, University of Queensland

Weaving Worlds Australian Tapestry Workshop


Vai Niu Wai Niu Coconut Water Caboolture Regional Art Gallery

Embodied Spaces Framer Framed, Tolhuistuin, Amsterdam

Where We’re At! Other voices on gender Bozar, Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels


Meleponi Pasifika Indonesian Contemporary Arts Network, Yogyakarta

Meleponi Pasifika Contemporary Festival of Pacific Arts, Footscray


2016 Best Use of Natural Light, CCP Salon, Centre for Contemporary Photography

2016 Best Visual Arts – Melbourne Fringe Festival, Fifty Shades of Blak participating artist

2016 Museums Victoria 1854 Scholarship

Artist Residencies

2019 Helsinki International Artist Program – Australia Council Artist in Residence

2018 Testing Grounds, Melbourne

2015 Australian Tapestry Workshop

2008 University of Goroka, Papua New Guinea


2016 Masters of Fine Art by Research RMIT University

2008 Bachelor of Fine Arts RMIT University