Jahkarli Felicitas Romanis

Exploring ways in which visual systems of cartography omit Indigenous knowledges of place, sustaining colonial narratives within Australia and the myth of ‘Terra Nullius’.

PhD candidate

  • Jahkarli Felicitas Romanis


Over the last few years my practice has involved subverting representations of Aboriginal people made since settler occupation in Australia. It has engaged with disrupting colonial ways of thinking and image making, with the aim to obtain agency over my representation as an Aboriginal woman through self-portraiture.

Through focusing on my Country, Pitta Pitta Country, I am researching the limitations and affordances of mapping technologies such as Google Earth from an Indigenous perspective. By exposing these mapping technologies as ideological rather than ‘neutral’, I aim to destabilise contemporary mapping technologies of place and Country, opening a dialogue and contributing to national discourse.