View Portfolio: Rhine Bernardino Portfolio_August 2017
Staying within the ‘self’, along with its framework and context, Rhine actively experiments with her body in order to draw out and possibly stimulate a higher understanding of it, as a physical and biological structure – a more internal/inward approach to address sociological, societal, political and cultural issues and concerns related to the body as both a physical entity and a blueprint that carries numerous symbolisms, histories and associations.
In line with this research are extensive collaborations with artists and groups of people from differing fields such as musicians, curators, inventors, designers and a wide range of researchers. These are pivotal because her work looks to challenge social conventions and provoke discussions around our views and understanding of ourselves, others and our environment, how they are interrelated and inextricably linked, as everything is: from the Self to the Other, and society at large. Along with this, she also incorporates the use of materials that exists or are taken from the body (such as hair, wastes, blood and fluids), those that are most often disregarded (like toilet paper) and ones that are highly charged but at the same time very accessible, particularly balloons and most recently, coins.
Aside from her body of work’s dedication to experiment and investigate on the use of body in conjunction with the use of materials in performance art, she’s also exploring more on the possibilities and strength of the discipline – not only its ability to shock, provoke and surprise audiences, but its capacity to give voice to marginalised views, empower and connect with the viewers and communities, the people.
December, Regla Series. 2016-17, In collaboration with Anna Gray