Devika Bilimoria is an x-disciplinary artist and photographer based in Naarm/Melbourne whose practice expands on notions of queering, materiality, and time to disrupt and examine the construction of gestures, bodies, contexts and cultural experiences, with an inclination toward diasporic South-Asian dance and ritual. Oriented towards the cosmic and geologic, they harness participatory processes, improvisation, experimentation and listening to explore sensations of time and interconnectedness with more-than-human forces.
Trained in the South Indian dance form Bharatanatyam, as well as both Fine Arts and Media Studies at RMIT, their art-forms span performance, video, photography and installation. In 2022, Devika earned their Honours in Fine Arts (First Class) at the VCA and was a recipient of the Rodger Davies Award for their durational performance installation, Offerings.
Devika has presented work at the National Portrait Gallery, the Monash Gallery of Art, Montsalvat Gallery and Dancehouse, amongst other national and international platforms. They are a co-founder of ecological collective L&NDLESS with Nithya Iyer and Luna Mrozik Gawler, one half of queer-time lab GEOFADE alongside Luna Mrozik Gawler, and was a 2021Next Wave Kickstart recipient with Amias Hanley presenting Burial at Brunswick Mechanics Institute, Victoria. Devika was a part of the International Photography Festival PHOTO2022, exhibiting work in A Bell Rings Over The Valley, curated by Shivanjali Lal, at Footscray Community Arts, Melbourne.
I acknowledge the traditional custodians of where I now breathe and grow. I pay my respects to the peoples of the Woi Wurrung and Boon Wurrung language groups of the Kulin Nations - elders past, present and emerging. The sovereignty of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people has never been ceded.