PARTICIPANT / Tayeba Begum Lipi

  • Name Tayeba Begum Lipi
  • Country Bangladesh
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Tayeba Begum Lipi (born 1969) is a Bangladeshi artist and the co-founder of Britto Arts Trust. She has received the Grand Prize at the Asian Art Biennale in Dhaka (2004). Lipi is a multimedia artist who has engaged in paintings, prints, installations and videos. Her works have been featured in notable group exhibitions, including the 54th Venice Biennale (2011) and Colombo Art Biennale (2012). She was also the commissioner for the Bangladesh Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale (2011).

Lipi’s practice engages painting, printmaking, installation, and video to represent themes, such as the politics of gender and female identity.

Love Bed (2012), “No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia” at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. 22 February – 22 May 2013

Her work Love Bed has highlighted the issue of female identity and the history of violence. Lipi used the medium of razor blades to represent violence implied by their sharp edges, even though this is not Lipi’s original focus. ‘She intended it to represent the women in the community where she grew up. In spite of hardship, the women were resilient, they had optimism, and they managed to successfully bring up families’, said June Yap, curator of the exhibition ‘No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia’.

Feminine (2007), a solo exhibition at Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts in Dhaka. 15–28 June 2007

In 2004, Lipi’s work My Childhood won the Grand Prize at the Asian Art Biennale. It is the portrait of a Bangladeshi woman’s bronzed face, which is veiled behind a series of neatly ordered dolls. This painting was included at her solo exhibition Feminine in 2007.Some of her works have used the past experiences as the subject. For example, the little dolls in her award-winning artwork were from her childhood. The face of the woman is covered with glass since Lipi believes when one grows up, the past will be preserved in memory just like in a showcase.

Reversal Reality (2015)

Lipi showcased her exhibition “Reversal Reality” in the India Art Fair, with Anonnya who served as its inspiration. She met Anonnya while making her video piece HOME for a show “Cross Casting” at Britto Arts Trust. Lipi stated that transgender peopple “are considered strangers and aliens, people to be afraid of”. In view of this, she decided to make people aware of their basic rights to live with dignity. She compared her life with Anonnya through videos, installations and photographs. In one of her works, Destination (2 cascades), Lipi used razor blades as the material to bring up the issue of suicides among the transgender community.

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