Publisher: Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery
Artist: Janet Lilo
Published alongside the survey exhibition Janet Lilo: Status Update, this unique publication features text from five writers: Ioana Gordon-Smith, Monique Redmond, Caterina Riva, Ema Tavola and Nina Tonga. With Tessa King acting as editor and Te Uru’s in-house designer Julia Gamble Vale over-seeing Status Update’s look and production, the book is proudly an all-woman affair. This hardcover publication has a screen-printed buckram-bound cover and features a custom hand-cut vinyl font created by the artist. It also features over 250 of Janet Lilo's colour photographs and multiple hand-drawings by the artist. The publication's endpapers feature images from the artists' 1000 Grams project.
Janet Lilo is a social commentator whose artistic documentary practice is grounded in the local while simultaneously being informed by global media and popular culture. Her work has been seen on on monitors and projected onto objects in gallery spaces, the sides of buildings, in museums, empty flats and backyards, on television, displayed on shop windows, on the internet and fabricated into bus stops and billboards. Lilo graduated from AUT University with a Master of Art and Design in 2007. She has held solo shows in New Zealand, Japan, the Cook Islands and online. Her four-channel video installation 'ParkLife' was included in the 2007 Wellington City Gallery Telecom Prospect exhibition and she has had work in major group exhibitions in Australia, Taiwan, Japan, Indonesia, France, Germany and the United States of America. Lilo was a delegate to the 10th Festival of Pacific Art in Pago Pago (2008), recipient of the first Asia:NZ Japan residency programme in Sapporo (2009) and winner of the 2011 Creative New Zealand Contemporary Pacific Art Award.