Yvonne Carrillo-Huffman

Global Perspectives Guest Speaker

Yvonne Carrillo-Huffman joined the Australian Museum in 1995 while conducting cultural studies at the University of New South Wales and Macquarie University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology in 2000. Her fieldwork has led her to develop collaborative projects with communities in Vanuatu, West Papua, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, and New Caledonia.  As a Collections Officer, Pacific Collections, at the Australian Museum, Yvonne is committed to the respectful care of cultural objects and aims to link them to Pacific descendants.

Over the years, she has followed a multi-dimensional approach, learning, understanding and documenting the importance of physical engagement between objects and people. She has been dedicated to promote and recognize the role of indigenous knowledge systems to reinvigorate identity.

She has been responsible for the curation of numerous cultural exhibitions since 1996, always seeking to contextualize and reactive objects with people's stories and their relationship to their living environment, identity, culture, and belief systems. This curatorial approach was recognized by ICOM Australia (International Council of Museums, Australia). The Australian Museum received (for first time), the ICOM Award for International Relations for the 2011 exhibition: Rituals of Seduction, Birds of Paradise, a collaborative project involving communities from the Highlands of Papua New Guinea.

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