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Janet Lilo Sapporo Artist in Residence Vlog1

Janet Lilo on her JENESYS (Japan East Asia Network of Exchange of Students and Youths) residency - her first video log.


Auckland video artist Janet Lilo is the latest New Zealander chosen to be a resident artist in Sapporo, Japan, under the JENESYS residency programme.

Ms Lilo who is of Maori, Samoan and Niuean ancestry, has exhibited her video and multimedia installations in New Zealand and overseas. Her Parklife video installation highlighted local hip hop culture within the Avondale area of West Auckland and featured in the Telecom Prospects 2007 exhibition.

In her solo exhibition, TOP 16, she looked at how thousands of New Zealanders, especially Maori and Pacific youth, profile themselves and keep in touch with friends and share news and photos on the social networking site Bebo.

Her work has also been included in group exhibitions in Honolulu, Taiwan, Indonesia, France, Germany and Australia. Janet Lilo has a Master’s of Art and Design in Visual Arts in Video and Installation from AUT University and is a board member of the Tautai Contemporary Art Trust.

The JENESYS (Japan East Asia Network of Exchange of Students and Youths) programme is an initiative offered by the Japan Foundation in 13 Asia-Pacific countries, including New Zealand.

The application process for New Zealand art professionals is facilitated by the Asia New Zealand Foundation. The JENESYS programme includes round-trip airfares between Japan and New Zealand as well as accommodation and other expenses.

Author Carl Shuker (The Method Actors, The Lazy Boys) was the previous New Zealander to be awarded a JENESYS artist residency for the purpose of researching a new novel.

Janet was resident in Sapporo from 18 May - 18 July 2009.


Written by

Asia New Zealand Foundation

17 Dec 2009

Interests Asia New Zealand Foundation (Asia:NZ) is a non-partisan and non-profit organisation dedicated to building New Zealanders’ knowledge and understanding of Asia.