Vivek Vilasini’s works are a curious mix of reality and irony, as they bring together quotidian elements from different contexts in a quirky, playful manner. It is through this juxtaposition and its absurdity that Vilasini seeks to understand the construction of identity and alludes to themes of gender, consumerism and hierarchy. These universal preoccupations find a vernacular interpretation in his works, lending them a sense of immediacy and resonance.
Vilasini’s striking reconstructions of the ordinary are always elaborately scripted and staged, and are reminiscent of cinematic productions in their making. They examine the ever-evolving structures of our society, and in doing so, reveal larger realities and throw open new ways of seeing.
Born in 1964, in Kerala, Vilasini trained as a Marine Radio Officer at the All India Marine College in Kochi. He went on to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Kerala University in 1987 before turning to art and studying sculpture from traditional Indian craftspeople. Vilasini was invited to participate important exhibitions including 'But We Cannot See Them: Tracing a UAE Art Community, 1988-2008' at NYUAD Art Gallery, Abu Dhabi; 'India: Side by Side / Indian Contemporary Art’, part of the Exhibition ÍNDIA! presented by Brazilian Ministry of Culture and Bank of Brasil at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro; Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, São Paulo; SESC Belenzinho, São Paulo and Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Brasília; 'Crossroads : India Escalate', India Pavilion at Prague Biennale 5; 'On the Road to the Next Milestone', part of the Exhibition 'Indian Highway', at Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Herning and 'India Xianzai: Contemporary Indian Art', at Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Shanghai. He was also part of the inaugural Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kochi.
Vilasini lives and works between Bangalore and Kochi.