Devika Bilimoria (b. Fiji 1985) is an X-disciplinary artist raised in Naarm/Melbourne who engages performance, image-making and installation to explore notions of queering, time, materiality and body-ing. Devika enlists chance-based methods of making, participation and somatic listening as tools to agitate archived and encoded embodiments of separateness, hierarchies and gestures across socio-cultural conditions.
Trained in the South Indian dance form Bharatanatyam, as well as both Fine Arts and Media Studies at RMIT, their works traverse presentation in galleries, performance spaces, screens and digital contexts. 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.
On the continent cited as Australia, 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 one third of arts research collective L&NDLESS with Nithya Iyer and Luna Mrozik Gawler, one half of queer-time lab GEOFADE alongside Luna Mrozik Gawler, and was a 2021 Next Wave Kickstart recipient with Amias Hanley presenting Burial at Brunswick Mechanics Institute. In 2022, Devika was a part of the International Photography Festival PHOTO 2022, exhibiting work in A Bell Rings Over The Valley, curated by Shivanjani Lal.
In 2023, they were selected for the Performance Space and Critical Path Experimental Choreographic Residency in Gadigal country/Sydney.
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.