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Rhine Bernardino (b. 1988, The Philippines) is a young Filipino artist currently based in London. Her varied practice crosses media including sculpture, installation, performance and photography. Bernardino’s central concern is the body, as both a private and public ‘space’ and they way that gender identity and politics has evolved in recent decades.
Staying within the ‘self’, along with its frame work and context, Bernardino actively experiments with her body to draw out and possibly activate a higher understanding of it. She is interested in the body as a physical and biological structure and uses her own body to address sociological, political and cultural issues and concerns. These can be related to the body as both a physical entity and a blueprint that carries numerous symbolisms, histories and associations. This process of exploration is further investigated in her practice with the incorporation of time, interval, duration and repetition.
Bernardino often works collaboratively with visual artists but also across disciplines including musicians, curators, inventors, designers, and researchers. This is pivotal to her practice — she seeks to challenge social conventions and provoke discussions in relation to our views and understanding of the self, others, the environment and how they are inextricably linked.
Art is to be seen as a catalyst for social change and as an essential element in community engagement and interaction. She describes her series Regla as "a makeshift laboratory wherein collections of menstrual blood are not associated with disgust but regarded as objects of inspection and conversation.”
Shadi Rezaei (b. 1986, Iran) is a London-based interdisciplinary artist. She received her BA in Graphic Design from the University of Art in Tehran and her MFA Fine Arts from UAL, Chelsea College of Arts and Design in London in 2017.
Her passion for the visual arts comprises an exploration of the relationships between tradition and contemporary art. Her works bring a series of mutable and spontaneous gestures that negotiate the relationship between stability and uncertainty. In her practice, Rezaei explores her own eidetic memory. A wide range of themes such as power, gender, animalism/humanity, oddity/beauty and identity, are depicted in her work. Her journey of examination and exploration is carried out through various creative media and the use of unconventional materials, which enable her to create and question metaphoric expressions of the untold. The narratives she wishes to communicate determine the medium she chooses to work in.
Her subjects are often invited to play a part in the creation of the work, and a combination of photography, performance, dance, painting and the use of video render her work truly multi-dimensional.
Rezaei’s works have been exhibited in several group exhibitions and auctions in the United Kingdom, United States, Monaco & Dubai, and has been presented in several panel discussions and publications.