Outdoor Festival – Our interview with Wasted Rita

Spring is back again with all its parade of allergies but also good things like spaghetti at Ostia Beach and the Outdoor Festival.

If you are among – the few – who don’t know what we’re talking about, we can help you.
One of the biggest Italian festival about the underground culture that – this year – will take place at the Ex Mattatoio of Testaccio from the 14th of April to the 12th of May.

The theme of this year is Heritage: to celebrate that big cultural patrimony that we have here in our dear Italy.

The first artist landed in Rome to leave her trace is Wasted Rita, a young Portuguese woman that ironizes on sexuality and pop culture from women’s point of view.

Outdoor Festival - Intervista con Wasted Rita | Collater.al
Credits: Alberto Blasetti Ph

We met her for you: to ask her some questions and take a look at her opera. Inquiring?

Your favorite form of expression are written words. Tell me 5 words you love and 5 you hate.
Five words I love…Misandry! (laugh) That’s difficult! Truth! That’s really difficult because whenever I think about words I’m always thinking about the meaning of the words but…Sarcasm, Girls and Top!

Ok, and five you hate?
Five I hate…I don’t know. I’m thinking about the concept so Homophobia, Racism, Misogyny, Rain and Grey!

You are from Porto and I fucking love your city. What is the best thing about it for you?You’re crazy!

Yes, maybe I am.
I’m not crazy about it. I actually don’t like it that much that’s why I moved to Lisbon. I mean, all my life I lived in Porto and all my life I wanted to move to Lisbon but I have a really protective family so…Things good about Porto is that, whenever is your interest, you always have a really good group of motivated people that really want to do things…and also in a very honest and pure way, not money related, much more passionate. The accent is also one of the best thing and…the food and…

Porto!
Yes! (laugh)

How and when did you start collecting all your writings?
When I was studying Graphic Design in Porto and I tried to go to the University in Lisbon. I didn’t tell my parents but I applied to Lisbon University and then when I got in my parents where like “no, we don’t have money, you have to stay in Porto”. I was always in Porto obliged and University for me was really boring, I didn’t like it. And I had always to take the train every day back home like 20 minutes and when I was waiting for the train or on the train I was always writing down my thoughts. And then I started to put those thoughts on a blog. This is how it started.

Then one day the blank page wasn’t enough and you wanted to shout it louder to the world. When was that?
When you start on the internet – and that’s my case – you are super limited to the white paper and the internet, of course. But then I started getting a lot of invitations to do other stuff and I started experimenting other things…

So, in a natural way…
Yeah yeah. I get bored really easily so I wanna try different things.

Yes, I understand you.What are you proposing here for the Outdoor Festival?
Here I’m doing an installation called “The Funeral of Patriarchy”. It’s just a sarcastic installation on male superiority, misogyny and all those things. And people are invited to pay a sarcastic tribute to patriarchy.

So you can interact with the opera?
Yes.

What do you see in the future?
I see a lot of girls on top!

Ok, nice! We all hope so.

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