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|Just Like Home - Lisa Hilli|
Just Like Home is an exhibition, a meal, a film and a biography, which explores artist Lisa Hilli's New Guinean and Australian heritage.
Video Documentary - Lisa's video documentary, Just Like Home, is a portrayal of her mother, Cathy, preparing I gir (e gee-rrra), literally meaning 'to steam with hot stones'. Made in suburban Brisbane, Just Like Home positions this specific Tolais culinary practice in a Western context, and reveals an interesting development; instead of using banana leaves which are integral to the cooking process, Lisa's mother uses tin foil, thus adapting the recipe to suit her new adopted home and the resources at hand.
Sculptures - Watch Hilli's video documentary under the shade of her life-sized banana tree sculptures constructed entirely of tin foil. Drawing inspiration from her mother these banana trees are shining monuments to the continuation and adaptation of this specific Tolais cooking tradition within Australia, and a celebration of a cultureís capacities to respond to shifting circumstances.
I Gir Cooking Demonstration / Performance
National Tour Dates
23-26 Sept 2010 Elcho Island, Arnhem Land
Tinfoil became the conduit between her PNG ancestry and her Australian way of life... - Lily Bragge, The Age, 2008
As a critical focal point of this project, I feel it is important to maintain my cultural inheritance and continue to practice them even if they are not truly in the traditional sense. By applying these cultural histories and traditions in a contemporary context, I believe my ideas and knowledge of New Guinean culture are being delivered in a way that appeals to an audience within popular culture yet fulfils my own need to maintain a specific New Guinean / Australian individuality. - Lisa Hilli, artist
The 2010 National Tour of Just Like Home is proudly presented by Kultour and developed in partnership with Multicultural Arts Victoria (a Kultour Company Member). The Northern Territory tour is presented by Artback NT: Arts Development and Touring.