Marla Bendini Singaporean, b. 1986
“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 Fridae.com, 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.
2020 April Fools, Coda Culture, 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
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