Janet Lilo: Top16

Enter a giant, three-dimensional profile page.

see all art exhibitions and events

Janet Lilo developed this installation over 10 years, researching how people use social networking websites. She drew from thousands of images and videos she collected from Bebo, Myspace, Facebook, and YouTube – ‘a portal into people’s little worlds, infinite internet galleries’. The title refers to a Bebo feature that allowed users to rank 16 friends. The neon sign is inspired by a Bebo invitation to give friends virtual love hearts.

Lilo explores how social media allows us to shape our identities online – and reinvent the self-portrait form.

Get our Toi Art newsletter

Latest news, interesting reads, and exhibition updates from our art team.

Follow us

Follow our social media channels for a glimpse behind the scenes at Te Papa.

Join the foundation

Friends enjoy benefits and discounts including invitations to previews and private viewings.


Find out how you can support Te Papa through a donation or bequest by becoming a patron.