Marla Bendini is a transgender artist born in Singapore, currently working in Singapore.
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Marla Bendini (marlabendini.com) is a visual and performance artist in Singapore. Bendini transitioned into Marla Bendini in 2007, a process in search of the identity as the “art form”. Her first solo exhibition “Marla.” in December 2008 brought her to Pattaya, Thailand. In May 2010, she developed “Conversations between father and son”, a multimedia installation performance exhibited in The Substation Gallery, Singapore. Marla Bendini’s mediums range from painting and fine art to music, performance, dance and film. Her work expresses ideas about transgenderism, gender binaries and the dysfunction of social structures, particularly with the personal physical body as an articulation tool.

She is currently studying at School of Art, Design & Media, Nanyang Technological University. She is a founding member of the Sisters in Solidarity (SIS), an educational campaign that seeks to address, educate and take a stand against the stigma that transgender people in Singapore face in everyday life.

Exhibitions

2010

Chan Hampe Galleries Tanjong Pagar, Singapore | 24 Nov’10 – 24 Dec’10
HIV- Show me the Love
Group exhibition

My Art Space, Singapore | 1 Aug’10 – 10 Aug’10
Rooftop Access
Group exhibition

DYMK, Singapore | 20 Jul’10- 20 Aug’10
“爸 [bà]”
Group exhibition

The Substation Gallery, Singapore | 13 May’10 – 22May’10
“Conversations between father and son’.”
Solo exhibition

2008

PlayDen, The Arts House at Old Parliament, Singapore | 6th Nov’08 -9th Nov’08
The Man Who Questions Death – Little Red Shop
“Marla.”
Art Installation

La Bamba, Pattaya, Thailand | 26th Dec’08 -2nd Jan’09
“Marla.”
Solo exhibition

2007

Home Club, Singapore | Aug’07
No Gallery Leh How?
Group show

Performances

2010

The Tribal Gathering of the Tongue Tasters:
Exposition of The Steam Kodoks in Symphonic Psychedelia
collaborative performance with Tiramisu & Spacedays, featuring Ichiro Nagasawa, Eswandy & Faizal
The Substation Theatre, Singapore | 4 Dec’10

Speech bubbles
durational performance
The Substation, Singapore | 16-17 Jul’10

Conversations between father and son
multimedia installation performance
The Substation Gallery, Singapore | 13-22 May’10

2009

Human.Monster | 人.妖 (Rén yāo)
Multimedia performance
Singapore | Dec’09

Between Wife & Death
Actress
Pat Pot | Nov’09

(trans)
Live art performance
School of Art, Design & Media
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore | Oct’09

2008

Pang Sai Palace
Actress
Pat Pot | Nov’08

Auntie Without Reason
Performance art
Singapore | 12th Nov’08

Esplanade Presents:PLAYtime!A Fun Discovery Adventure with Tick,Tack&Tock!
Featured Musician
ACT 3 Theatrics
Esplanade Recital Studio | 2nd-3rd Feb’08

2007

Fight Club- A Chorus
Performer
post theater [new york/berlin/tokyo]
National Museum of Singapore | 8th-10th Nov’07