Lisa Bellear (AU)

Born 1961, Melbourne, Australia
Deceased 2006

Lisa Bellear, a Minjungbul / Goernpil / Noonuccal / Kanak woman from Stradbroke Island, pursued varied interests as an Indigenous activist, broadcaster, poet, feminist, academic and performer.

In the course of her lifetime, Bellear collected more than 30,000 images documenting the Indigenous Australian community, largely in Melbourne. Her photographs capture marches, graffiti, protests, celebrations and everyday life of her community, putting images to some of the most important moments of Indigenous political history in Melbourne.

Her work has been included in numerous exhibitions, including Close to you: the Lisa Bellear Picture Show, Koorie Heritage Trust, 2006 and Sovereignty, ACCA, 2016.

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