Friday, February 1, 2013

A sensitive artist from Bangladesh in India

One of the Founder-Trustees of Britto Arts Trust, Tayeba Begum Lipi has been invited for residencies like ‘Skill and Knowledge Sharing Program’ at pARTage, Mauritius; RM Studio Residency, Lahore; Gasworks Residency Program, London; NICA, Yangon, Myanmar; National Workshops for Arts & Crafts, Copenhagen; The Irish Museum of Modern Art,Ireland; and a residency courtesy the Arts Council of Central Finland. She was a recipient of the Grand Prize award at the 11th Asian Art Biennale.

The artist has been part of several workshops in Nepal, Taiwan and India. Her curations include several international large-scale projects, as well as recently being the commissioner for Parables: Bangladesh Pavilion at the 54th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, 2011. Samdani Art Foundation, the NGO from Dhaka displays a baby crib made of stainless steel razor blades by her, titled ‘My Daughter’s Cot’ as part of the India Art Fair.

Born in Gaibandha in 1969, Lipi has been living in the city of Dhaka for the past two and a half decades. She studied drawing and painting at the Institute of Fine Art, University of Dhaka until 1993. Her solo shows include ‘Feminine’, Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, Dhaka; and ‘Even the Walls have Ears’, Alliance Française de Dacca among others.

Lipi has been exhibited in two-person shows including ‘Parables of our Times’, Gallery Akar Prakar, Kolkata; ‘Artificial Reality’, La Galerie, Alliance Française de Dacca; and ‘Slave of the Civilization’, performance at Jyvaskyla, Finland, with her artist husband, Mahbubur Rahman. Her selected group exhibitions are 54. la Biennale di Venezia  and FemLink-Video Collage, worldwide screenings in 2011.

Her other participations include ‘Between Kismet and Karma: South Asian women artists respond to conflict’, Leeds Art Gallery, UK, and ‘Videozoom: Bangladesh’, Sala 1, Rome, Italy, 2010; ‘New Media Festival’ and’1mile² Dhaka’ by Britto Arts Trust in 2009; ‘Bangladesh Contemporary Art Week’, Turkish Cultural Center, New York ; and ‘Faces of feminine expressions from Bangladesh’, Gallery Akar Prakar, Kolkata, 2008 apart from featuring in a traveling exhibition in South Asia in 1994.

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