Janet Lilo

Janet Lilo (born 1982) is a visual artist from New Zealand.

Janet Lilo
Born1982 (age 3637)
Auckland (region), New Zealand
NationalityNew Zealander
EducationAuckland University of Technology
AwardsContemporary Pacific Art Award

Lilo was born in 1982 in the Auckland region of New Zealand and is of Tainui, Ngāpuhi, Samoan, and Niue descent. She received an MA in Art and Design from the Auckland University of Technology in 2007.[1][2]

A social commentator, Lilo's work uses digital photography, video, and multimedia installations to explore issues of popular culture. She utilises monitors and projections, displaying her work in gallery spaces, buildings, shop windows, and online.[1]

Lilo has exhibited in solo shows in New Zealand, the Cook Islands, and Japan.[3] She has exhibited internationally in group shows in Australia, Taiwan, Japan, Indonesia, France, Germany, and the United States of America.[1] Lilo's video installation 'ParkLife' was part of the City Gallery Wellington's exhibition Telecom Prospect 2007: New Art New Zealand.[4][1]

In 2009, Lilo received the JENESYS (Japan East Asia Network of Exchange of Students and Youths) residency in Sapporo.[2]

In 2011 she received the Contemporary Pacific Art Award in the Creative New Zealand Arts Pasifika Awards.[5]

In 2016, she had a significant exhibition titled Janet Lilo:Status Update, at Te Uru Contemporary Art Gallery in Auckland. It was a survey of the last 10 years of her work which included a collage of 10,000 photographs.[6]

She is the artist behind the large-scale 'banana lightboxes' on Auckland's Karangahape Rd, which are collectively titled Don't Dream it's Over.

Lilo was received the 2017 annual commission from the Auckland Festival of Photography.[7]


  1. "Janet Lilo". Auckland Art Gallery. Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  2. "Janet Lilo Sapporo Artist in Residence". The Big Idea. 17 December 2009. Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  3. "About". Janet Lilo visual artist. 17 April 2012. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  4. "Artists Announced for the Telecom Prospect 2007". City Gallery Wellington. Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  5. "Arts Pasifika Awards". Creative New Zealand. Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  6. "Janet Lilo documents the everyday through large-scale work". Stuff. Retrieved 10 August 2019.
  7. "Annual Commission by Baker+Douglas". Auckland Festival of Photography. Retrieved 27 November 2017.

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