Is ethnographic photography still a thing?

Panel discussion | Australians in PNG

Date: 2-3.30pm, 2 September 2017

Venue: Monash Gallery of Art


Join our panellists Artist Lisa Hilli, Adjunct Research Fellow at the Monash Indigenous Studies Centre Dr Sharon Huebner and MGA Senior Curator Stephen Zagala as they explore the history of ethnographic photography and question its role in contemporary society.

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About our speakers:

Lisa Hilli

Born in Rabaul, Lisa is a descendant of the Makurategete Vunatarai (clan) Tolai / Gunantuna people of Papua New Guinea. She received a Masters of Fine Art by Research degree from RMIT University. Through her practice Lisa references and prioritises Indigenous knowledge and matrilineal systems to subvert colonial and Western histories contained with ethnographic and archival material. Currently Lisa is a Museums Victoria 1854 Scholar undertaking a research project within Australian museums and public institution archives. Read more…

Dr Sharon Huebner

Sharon has worked with Aboriginal families from Victoria since 2001 and in more recent years, Noongar families from the Great Southern of Western Australia and members of the Wadeye (Port Keats) Aboriginal community in Northern Australia. She has been a Stolen Generations family history/genealogical researcher and Recorded Testimonies Project oral historian. In the early 2000s Sharon helped develop the Koorie Heritage Archive, an interactive media resource for Koorie cultural heritage. Sharon Huebner is an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Monash Indigenous Studies Centre. Read more…

Stephen Zagala (moderator)

Stephen was born in Vanuatu, but has spent most of his life in Melbourne. Stephen is Senior Curator at MGA. He has been commentating on visual culture since the late 1980s, working as a teacher, reviewer, catalogue essayist, researcher and curator. With training in the disciplines of art history, philosophy and anthropology, his areas of expertise include 20th Century Australian art, the history of art theory, Pacific art and photography. Read more…