Rhine Bernardino is an artist, independent curator and researcher. They hold a Bachelors Degree in Film and Audio Visual Communication at the University of the Philippines (Diliman) and an MA Fine Art degree (Sculpture) from the Royal College of Art. They were awarded the highly-regarded Abraaj-RCA Innovation Scholarship and they received a Distinction for their MA dissertation on exploring possibilities of contemporary art practice in the rural context and communities vis-à-vis urban practices.
Rhine has curated and exhibited their artwork internationally especially in Europe and Asia including public commissions such as Nine Elms on the South Bank in London. Rhine has been invited to take part in several international art residencies and programmes most recently as part of the Australia Arts Council’s Future Leaders Programme and Office of Contemporary Art (OCA) Norway’s International Visitor’s Programme. They have been doing an extensive field research and mapping of art collectives, alternative spaces and community-based projects across the globe. In building on this work, they have been looking at a myriad of possibilities of working with communities through art practice in driving societal change and aiding in highlighting the marginalised voices of communities and societies. This research has various aspects that percolate through different branches and manifestations, such as the realisation of an online mapping interface of projects and undertakings across the globe—which will be open sourced, multi-authored and accessible online. One primary focus is investigating art practice and activism in strengthening and deepening cultural identity in indigenous communities.
They further extend their art practice through _inventory, a collaboration-based platform that intervenes in alternative and public spaces, focusing on community-based practices, from public performances to events and discussions in urban and rural contexts. _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.
Monday, Working 9-5 at Brgy. South Kensington, 2017.
Performance documentation by Giulia Brescianini