Rita Silva (b.1995, Portugal)
I was born in a village in the north of Portugal where I grew up surrounded by very superstitious people. Rituals and spells for healing and protection against the evil eye were quite present in my family and in my upbringing, but I never thought much about it.
There was this memory of you that I always thought it was a dream.
When my body started attacking itself, my research and practice started to dwell into epigenetic, exploring bodies that are linked genetically and through time.
They told me you were the witch and the healer of our village. I'm now trying to get closer to you.
They told me about the lightness of your hands. I'm now trying to reach them.
Above: Detail of They told me about the lightness of your hands - 2021
Below: Portrait of Three Women: Grandmother, Mother and I - 2021