Lisa Hilli

Lisa Hilli

PhD Student
Pacific and Asian History
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Lisa is currently a PhD Candidate at the School of Culture History and Language. Her practice led research is focused on the visual representation and sovereignty of Papua Niuginian women historically and contemporarily through photography and filmmaking. Lisa is interested in how visual narratives of Papua Niuginian women’s bodies have been constructed historically and how Papua Niuginian women use the lens today as a tool for agency and self-empowerment.

Lisa was awarded with a Master of Fine Art by Research and Bachelor of Fine Art from RMIT University. Her artwork F.M.I. Sisters of Vunapope acquired for the national collection was commissioned by the Australian War Memorial, ANZAC Arts and Culture Fund in 2018, exploring Papua New Guinea and Australia’s shared war history. She is a member of the Oceania Working Party for the Australian Dictionary of Biography and an international fellow with the German Maritime Museum.


Hilli, L. and Urwin, C. (2020) Pottery sherds from Wuatam (Watom) Island, East New Britain, Papua New Guinea in Museums Victoria Collections Online

Hilli, L. (2018) Pamone Doru (Grieving Widow), Papua New Guinea in Museums Victoria Collections Online

Hilli, L. (2017) Embodied History: Remaking and returning the midi to the Tolai, Quarterly Essay, Garland Magazine Issue 9

Hilli, L. (2015) Regenerating Pacific Cultural Identity, Oceania Now, ed. Léuli Eshrāghi, Issue 1, Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival

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