F.M.I. Sisters of Vunapope

Australian War Memorial Commission (2018-2020)

At the risk of their own lives, the F.M.I. Sisters dedicated themselves to providing locally grown produce to Australian, European and Unserdeutsch children who were held captive at Ramale prisoner of war camp for almost three years. As an Australian War Memorial commissioned artist, I chose to highlight war histories that relate to women, in particular Papua New Guinean women. Photographed inside the liberated camp in 1945, twelve F.M.I. Sisters are veiled and adorned with flowers that reference some of the seventeen nationalities among the 300 civilians whom they helped keep alive at Ramale during the Second World War. Forty-five black cinctures honour the efforts and make visible the names of the F.M.I. Sisters.

F.M.I. Sisters of Vunapope, Framed and mounted inkjet print on cotton rag 970 mm  x 1150 mm. 2020.

Media & Reviews

‘It was a real labour of love’ Australian War Memorial Blog

Pacific Beat, ABC Radio Australia Interview. Broadcast 22 September 2020

Reflections on Lisa Hilli’s keynote for the ‘Sharing Pacific Lives in Australia’ workshop, The New Outrigger

Header image: Detail of 45 cinctures. Cotton and wool yarn. 4 meters x 4cm.