Lisa Hilli

Lisa Hilli completed a Masters of Fine Art by Research from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University in 2017. She works with photography, video, textiles, installation and body adornment. Her practice explores the politics of gender and identity, colonial history in the Pacific region and ethnographic collections relating to Papua New Guinea through contemporary art. Lisa has exhibited in Australia, America, Europe and Asia-Pacific. She has given public lectures at Melbourne Museum, National Gallery of Australia and College Art Association Conference, New York City.

Building relationships is integral to my practice. I value reciprocity and am seeking to learn Finnish & Saami craft practices in exchange for weaving techniques that I will share from the Pacific region. As a first time visitor to Finland, I am interested in understanding Finnish people, culture and their relationship to the land. I anticipate that these exchanges through conversations, craft and environmental exploration will help me inform how the intersection of my Papua New Guinean and Finnish heritage can be revealed through the body, textiles and photography.

The residency is realised with the support of The Australia Council for the Arts.