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's practice continually documents people and place, in both public and provate settings: from filming a fleet of night-time dancerts in an arcade in Japan, to re-creating a break-up scene from the movie 'Twilight' in Porirua using two complete strangers cast through an email callout, to re-editing worldwide YouTubers singing infectious pop songs in their bedrooms.
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.