Rhine grew up in the Philippines where she studied Political Science, ending up with a Bachelors Degree in Film and Audio Visual Communication at the University of the Philippines (Diliman). She is the first and currently the only Filipino artist who graduated with an MA Fine Art degree (Sculpture) at the Royal College of Art, for which she was awarded the highly-regarded Abraaj RCA Innovation Scholarship. She received a Distinction for her dissertation research on exploring possibilities of contemporary art practice in the rural context and communities vis-a-vis urban practices.
Rhine sees herself as a social worker, constantly moving, exploring and learning about various cultures, customs and ways of living. She’s lived and worked with different types of communities wherein she learned not just to put value in togetherness but also to place utmost importance in solitude, silence and contemplation. To her, passion can only have a meaningful impact if it is accompanied and strengthened with compassion.
The collaborative approach to Rhine’s craft is based on her belief that art is a catalyst for social change, as it is an essential element in community engagement and communal interaction. Believing that this potential can only be maximised if they become more accessible to people, she further extend her work with a curatorial practice through _inventory, a collaboration-based platform that organises shows in alternative and public spaces, showcasing young artists’ works while aiding in the co-creation of programmes to engage communities in art through public performances, events and discussions in the urban and rural context. _inventory puts strong emphasis in working collaboratively with artists and communities, promoting the idea that art should be non-exclusive, educational, sustainable and expand not just ways of problem solving but also ways of thinking critically and looking beyond traditional solutions. It initiated in Manila in 2012, launched its itinerant practice and research-based artist residency set in the rural in 2013, started operating in Ho Chi Minh City (VN) in 2014 and is now mainly based in London.
Monday, Working 9-5 at Brgy. South Kensington, 2017.
Performance documentation by Giulia Brescianini