Fluid Transitions is a collaborative work between Danish-Filipina performance and visual artist Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen and Thai fashion designer Shone Puipia. This project, which marries performance, visual arts and fashion, was initiated and curated by Vanini Belarmino. Conceived initially as a process-based artistic intervention as an invitation to reflect on the works by Southeast Asian female artists like Pinaree Sanpitak, Pacita Abad, Mella Jaarsma, Brenda Fajardo and Fatimah Chik on display at the National Gallery Singapore, Fluid Transitions has since evolved over the three-year period of ongoing conversation amongst the collaborators.
Following its premiere at the National Gallery Singapore, the organisers proudly bring a unique iteration of Fluid Transitions for the Bangkok audiences. Fluid Transitions is a performance work that reflects on existential matters in a time of significant paradigm shifts where chaos is vital to make a new order. Delivering a selection of original text accompanied by live and recorded music and donning an elaborate costume doubling as her set, Cuenca Rasmussen’s performance bears with it multiple characters that shift between an activist, a preacher, a sorcerer, a queen, queer and a wonder woman. The elaborate and intricate costumes created by Puipia consisting of four layers, serve as markers in the identity shifts. As a new character is revealed, Cuenca Rasmussen will be stripping them off like the Russian Babushka dolls.
Images by Kanrapee Chokpaiboon