Marla Bendini” was created in 2007 as an amalgamation between art and life. Back then, Marla was still Bendini, and Marla as we know her had yet to be born. The new identity was then created to explore the multiple liminal identities and fluidity in perspectives. Her multidisciplinary approach towards this unison has become a signature form of hypervisibilty, using the existing politicized body as a catalyst and vehicle for further discourse.  She seeks to both engage and disarm audiences and to bridge the present to what she envisions to be an inevitable trans/post-human condition.


Her first self-titled exhibition Marla. (2008) was presented in a transsexual bar in Pattaya, Thailand. Sponsored by, Asia’s largest LGBT portal, she presented Conversations between father and son (2010), a multimedia installation-performance supported by The Substation Gallery, Singapore. Since then, she has been very active in Singapore’s queer and cultural scene, organising and participating in numerous group exhibitions and performance art festivals such as Future of Imagination and R.I.T.E.S. Her last solo exhibition I’m Nervous, presented by Grey Projects was organised in conjunction with the 10th edition of IndigNation, Singapore’s longest running LGBT festival.


Marla has performed and exhibited in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Macau, Sweden, Spain and the United States of America.


Solo Exhibitions

2020     Back Room, Solo Exhibition, Cuturi Gallery, Singapore

2020     April Fools, Coda Culture, Singapore


Selected Group Exhibitions

2020     Precious Things, Coda Culture, Singapore

              New Beginnings, Cuturi Gallery, Singapore

2018     ArtScience Late: I'm willing, collaborated performance project, Art Science                 Museum, Singapore
2015     “I’m Nervous” Grey Projects + 10th edition of IndigNation, Singapore

2012     transSport - Madrid + Singapore, Factoria de Arte Y Dasarrollo, Madrid
              Goodman Arts Centre Gallery, Singapore
              Handsome: IVSG, The Substation Gallery, Singapore

              Portraits of Defacement, Your Mother Gallery, Singapore

              Queer Creatures, Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden

              Image, Materiality and Space, Goodman Arts Centre, Singapore
2011     RETREATTACK, Dhalia Gallery, Singapore
2010     HIV: Show me the love, Chan Hampe Gallery, Singapore
              Conversations between father and son, The Substation Gallery, Singapore

2008     Marla., La Bamba, Pattaya, Thailand