Daughters of Mary Immaculate (F.M.I. Sisters) of Vunapope, Australian War Memorial Commission
Since mid 2018 I’ve been researching shared war history between Australia and Papua New Guinea as part of a creative commission for the Australian War Memorial, supported by the Anzac Centenary Arts and Culture Fund. During a research period in Rabaul I discovered a little know history about the Daughters of Mary Immaculate or F.M.I Sisters of Vunapope Catholic Mission. The F.M.I. Sisters grew and carried food over grueling distances and at the risk of their own lives to many European and Australian interns held at Ramale under Japanese occupation of Rabaul during the Second World War. This artwork when completed seeks to identify and illuminate the history of the F.M.I. Sisters for their strength, labour, dedication and disobedience against Japanese military demands.
This new body of work will be exhibited publicly in an upcoming exhibition in 2021.
Transits & Returns | Vancouver Art Gallery
Sisterhood Lifeline explores the visibility and invisibility of black women’s bodies, voices and identities in Western cultural institutions. A creative response to institutional racism, Lisa’s most recent body of photographic work and audio installation portrays how women and queer identifying people survive and thrive in culturally and psychologically challenging spaces. This work was lovingly supported and curated by Léuli Eshraghi and was commissioned for the co-curated group exhibition The Commute, Institute of Modern Art 2018.
Transit & Returns curated by Sarah Biscarra Dilley, Freja Carmichael, Léuli Eshraghi, Tarah Hogue, Lana Lopesi
28th September 2019 – January 26th 2020
A Tinata Tuna exhibition text by Lisa Hilli and Léuli Eshraghi – pdf
Capital | Ballarat International Foto Biennale
Trade beads or slave beads, were used globally by European colonists as a mechanism for the exploitation of labour and goods, they were also used by missionaries for building rapport with indigenous people of the land. Artist Lisa Hilli explores the impacts and transformative effect that trade beads had upon her own people the Gunantuna (Tolai), during a precarious and hostile era of the late 1800’s and how materiality became a language, which was understood and valued by all. For Capital, Lisa will present photographic work taken from her 2018 solo exhibition Trade & Transfomation .
Capital is curated by Naomi Cass and Gareth Syvret
National Centre for Photography, Ballarat
23 August – 20 October 2019
Video produced by Blak Dot Gallery
HIAP | Helsinki International Artist Residency Program
Lisa is currently artist in residence from 03 June – 29th August on Suomenlinna | Sveaborg. You can see what she’s up to on her Instagram profile here.
More information can be found on the HIAP website.
Interview for HIAP blog – Lisa Hilli Knitting in Finland
This residency is supported by the Australia Council for the Arts.