Paola is a Wemba-Wemba & Gunditjmara woman and is a visual artist, curator, writer, lecturer and PhD candidate who lectures with Moondani Balluk Indigenous Academic Centre at Victoria University. Paola is a Lisa Bellear Post Graduate Research Scholar. Her art and research focuses on black women’s art and activism, and its role in disrupting patriarchal and colonial dominant narratives and spaces. She curated Executed in Franklin Street (2016) City Gallery, co-curated Sovereignty (2016) & Unfinished Business; Perspectives on art and feminism (2017) at ACCA. Her writing appears in, Oceania, The Lifted Brow, Art Link, Writers Victoria, Frieze (UK), SBS & NITV. She is a member of the Blak Brow Collective who edited the Blak Brow (2018) for The Lifted Brow.


Paola utilises photography as sovereign act, in both process and outcome for expressing blak matriarchy & First Nations ways of ‘being, knowing and doing.’

PHOTO 2021 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