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.


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