Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen investigates issues such as identity, culture, religion, gender and social relations.

Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen

Musical skies, dropping down to earth, making trees fly

She navigates in an interspace between the perfect staged music video, the raw reality of documentaries and a poetic quest for cosmic sense. For her exhibition at Röda Sten Konsthall Rasmussen will develop a live series of new performance works presented alongside a selection of recent videos, sculptures and paintings.

Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen often takes her own Danish-Filipino background as a point of departure, as she gathers, adapts, and universalizes her narratives in equally critical and humorous approaches. In 2005 Cuenca Rasmussen began a series of performances acting and singing out various male/female stereotypes in front of the camera, to illustrate the inherent paradoxes in specific though fictional characters. Adapting the format of the classical music video – integrating composed music, rap-like rhyming lyrics and intricate costumes supplemented with a tongue of quirky sarcasm and biting irony –  Cuenca Rasmussen brings both elements of personal confessions, social criticism and political commitment, as she performs her stories about anger, identification and longing. The exhibition will feature presentations of some of Cuenca Rasmussen’s most poignant video-performance works including Absolute Exotic (2005), Cock Fight (2006), The Artist’s Song (2007) and Afghan Hound (2011).

For the exhibition Musical Skies dropping down to Earth, making Trees Fly Cuenca Rasmussen will also organize and perform her largest group performance to date entitled GAIA#5(Sweden). The performance relates to her current project GAIA, which is a serial and site-specific sequence of performances, whose previous four editions have taken place in Denmark, Philippines, Germany and China. Created as a dialogue between the various physical-geographic, geological-material and metaphoric-symbolic interrelated dimensions, Cuenca Rasmussen examines the body’s identification in relation to the ground on which it is situated. GAIA#5 (Sweden) will be developed in a workshop with a group of local volunteers that collectively will plan and choreograph the performance. GAIA#5 (Sweden) will be performed in front of a live audience on Wednesday June 18th, at 6 pm outside Röda Sten Konsthall.

Musical skies, dropping down to earth, making trees fly,
Röda Sten Konsthall 2014© Attila Urban

Installation view

Do you want to see more? You can see more images from the exhibition in our Flickr album. You can also find albums with photos from our other exhibitions on our Flickr.

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About the artist

Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen is born in 1970 in Manila, Philippines. She lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark. In 2002 she graduated from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Copenhagen, Denmark.  Amongst her most significant exhibitions are EgoShow, X-Room, National Gallery of Art, SMK, Copenhagen, 2006,  Global Feminisms, Brooklyn Museum, New York, 2007, The Future is already way behind, Present doesn´t exist in my Mind, Performa09 New York City, 2009 and Speech Matters, The Danish Pavilion Venice Biennale, 2009. Her most recent solo-presentations include Inbetweeness, Horsens Art Museum, Horsens, Denmark 2014, Anger is Power– a 3 hours show conceived as a retrospective exhibition of selected performances, Museum of Contemporary Art, Roskilde, 2013, Mobile Mirrors, Christian Larsen Gallery, Stockholm, 2013 and GAIA – The Musical, Wundergrund Festival & Eventministeriet, Skuespillerhuset, The Royal Danish Theatre, Copenhagen, 2013. Cuenca Rasmussen has received several awards and grants, including The Carl Nielsen & Anne Marie Carl Nielsen’s Prize, 2012, The Arken Prize, donated by Annie & Otto Johs. Detlefs´ Philanthropic Foundation, 2009, the Eckersberg Medal of Honor, 2008 and the Aage & Yelva Nimbs Fond and Ole Haslunds Fond, Grant of Honor, 2007. In 2005 Cuenca Rasmussen received a three year Working Grant from the Danish Arts Council.

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