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.
Devika Bilimoria is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Naarm (Melbourne) contributing to convolutions of shifting bodies, boundaries and cultures through practices of image making, performance and installation.
Trained in Bharata Natyam and Odissi at the Chandrabhanu Bharatalaya Academy of Indian Dance since 1995, and enmeshed with both a Bachelor of Arts in Media and Fine Arts (Photography) at RMIT, Devika re-examines the construction of bodies and experiences of migrated post-colonial South-Asian classical dance and culture. Furthermore, their site-responsive practice engages ethical and philosophical conundrums of the charged nexus of body/earth and cosmic relations complicated through bodily movement and video technology.
Recently Devika premiered their solo ‘ALAKKALA: the promise of a-dance’ at Dancehouse, reorienting experiences of diasporic South-Asian practices in kin with video technology at 2019 Sangam Performing Arts Festival, which followed from 2018 Risk residency, where they reoriented their embodied relationship to Bharata Natyam applying techniques of live and video reversal at the Darebin Arts and Entertainment Centre.
In 2013, Devika Vice Chaired the Jambudvipa Association for Indian Arts(JAIA) – founded by Dr. Chandrabhanu OAM during which the ensemble of senior classical Indian dancers of JAIA performed the feature-length work MARIAMMAN at the Darebin Arts Centre, staged with the support of the Victorian Multicultural Commission and Multicultural Arts Victoria.
As a part of the interdisciplinary arts collective L&NDLESS, alongside co-founders Luna Mrozik-Gawler and Nithya Iyer, Devika has performed, written and co-devised several works. These works included a four-hour durational performance considering memories of place entitled H:O:M:E (2018) with sound design by Amy Hanley, commissioned as part of the Mapping Melbourne, and a seven-hour durational live art work exploring communal grief and ritual in the time of climate crisis entitled MOKITA (HillsceneLIVE 2017).
Frequently exhibiting, Devika has presented various interactive and installation works, most notably MURTI (Mapping Melbourne 2019; also, Adelaide Fringe Festival 2016, Melbourne Fringe Festival 2015). Held at Testing Grounds and supported by Multicultural Arts Victoria, MURTI saw a vibrant participatory contemporary reflection of a Hindu bathing ritual. Devika has been a finalist for their photographic work in the William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize (2015,2018), for video art in the Nillumbik Art Prize (2016, 2018), and, for the Macquarie Digital Portrait Award (2015) at the National Portrait Gallery, for thier video art piece, AN ARCTIC TIME SIGNATURE, which arose from their time in Baffin Island above the Arctic Circle in 2014.
Devika is an active freelance photographer, and is currently a lecturer at Photography Studies College, South Melbourne
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