Biography

Tayeba Begum Lipi creates paintings, prints, videos and installations articulating themes of female marginality and the female body. Her sculptural works re-creating everyday objects including beds, bathtubs, strollers, wheelchairs, dressing tables and women’s undergarments use unexpected materials, such as safety pins and razor blades. This purposeful and provocative choice of materials speaks to the violence facing women in Bangladesh, as well as referencing tools used in childbirth in the more underdeveloped parts of the country.

In 2002 Lipi co-founded the Britto Arts Trust, Bangladesh’s first artist-run alternative arts platform dedicated to organizing exhibitions, encouraging intercultural dialogue and providing residencies for local artists.

Tayeba Begum Lipi completed a Master of Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting at the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka, in 1993. In 2000 she was an artist-in-residence at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin. She was awarded a Grand Prize at the 11th Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh 2003, Dhaka; and was the commissioner for the Pavilion of Bangladesh at the 54th International Art Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia, 2011; and one of the curators for the Kathmandu International Art Festival 2012. Lipi has had solo exhibitions in Dhaka, Delhi, Istanbul and London. She also participated in the 14th Jakarta Biennale 2011, the Colombo Art Biennale, 2012, Sri Lanka, and Dhaka Art Summit 2012.

Born in Gaibandha, Bangladesh, 1969 | Lives and works in Dhaka

Artforum
Press
Artforum
The Artist as activist: Tayeba Begum Lipi and Mahbubur Rahman November 2016

One of the first exhibitions of contemporary art from Bangladesh at an American museum, the two-person show The Artist as Activist confirmed the South Asian country’s place in the world as it surveyed the politcially engaged practices of artist couple Tayeba Begum Lipi and Mahbubur Rahman.

ArtAsiaPacific
Press
ArtAsiaPacific
Entangled Tensions: Bangladeshi Women Artists November 2015

Several contemporary Bangladeshi artists have been grappling with issues of national and personal identities, and with the impact of global interactions. Among their many peers, three women artists—Tayeba Begum Lipi (b. 1969), Dilara Begum Jolly (b. 1960) and Nazia Andaleeb Preema (b. 1974)—explore these issues via the lens of gender.

Artnet
Press
Artnet
artnet Asks: Bangladeshi Artist Tayeba Begum Lipi August 2015

Artnet talks with Bangladesh-born artist Tayeba Begum Lipi, whose work highlights the violence against women in her country, while also showcasing their fortitude.

Artsy
Press
Artsy
Tayeba Begum Lipi Wields Razor Blades to Address Violence Against Women August 2015

By fusing intimate subject matter with aggressive materiality, Tayeba Begum Lipi reflects on the personal and political perils of a stifling society.

Back To Top