Jahkarli Romanis (AU) PITTA PITTA

Image: Jahkarli Romanis, [Waddi Tree], 2020. Courtesy the artist.

Image: Jahkarli Romanis, Waddi Tree, 2020. Courtesy the artist.

Born 1998, Wadawurrung Country (Geelong), Australia
Lives and works Kulin Land (Melbourne), Australia

Jahkarli Romanis is a Naarm based artist and researcher. Raised on Wadawurrung Country in Torquay, Jahkarli moved to Melbourne to continue her tertiary studies in 2018. After completing an Honours in Photography degree at RMIT in 2020, she has commenced a PhD at Monash in 2021. Her work is inextricably intertwined with her identity as a Pitta Pitta woman and explores the complexities of her lived experience and the continuing negative impacts of colonisation in Australia.

Jahkarli’s practice aims to subvert and disrupt colonial ways of thinking and image making, obtaining agency over her representation as a Pitta Pitta woman. She utilises her research and artwork as tools for investigating inherent biases encoded within the technologies we use in our everyday. Namely, biases within photographic practice and contemporary mapping technologies.


PHOTO 2022 Events

Founding Partners
  • Bowness Family Foundation
  • Naomi Milgrom Foundation
Major Government Partners
  • City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program
  • Creative Victoria
Major Partners
  • Maddocks

PHOTO Australia respectfully acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands upon which we work and live, and the rich and diverse Indigenous cultures across what is now called Australia. For over 60,000 years, Indigenous arts and culture have thrived on this sacred land, and we honour Elders and cultural leaders past and present. This was, and always will be, Aboriginal land.

01–24 March