Born in Coimbra, Rita Castanheira is a Portuguese artist based in London. She graduated from University of Porto in 2018 and completed her master’s degree in fine art at Chelsea College of Arts in December 2019. Her research focuses on the body’s relationship with technology through video and performance. She is interested in how digital devices and popular internet culture are shaping our identities.
Recently curated Finding a Click in a Haystack exhibition in Porto, Portugal. The show took place at Cedofeita’s Shopping Mall and brought together 22 upcoming artists from Portugal, China, Pakistan, USA and UK. The works ranged from installation and video to photography and painting.
Rita is also a member of the Wasteland collective. Previous installation topics include fake recycling, coral bleaching, sensationalism in urban life, contemporary spirituality, the destructiveness of progress in modern society, and other environmental issues.
She has exhibited in London in galleries such as Wells Projects and HARTslane, and performed at Solar Art Gallery, in Vila Nova do Conde, as well as at the Old Biscuit Factory, in London.