Encompassing prints, sculptures, videos and paintings, Tayeba Begum Lipi’s practice investigates gender roles and gender-specific structural violence in Bangladesh. In 2002, Lipi co-founded Britto Arts Trust (with artist Mahbubur Rahman), Bangladesh’s first artist-run platform to support emerging artists through residencies, workshops and funding.

Her solo exhibitions include Melancholy, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Singapore (2023); Vanity Fair, Shrine Empire Gallery, New Delhi (2019); This is What I Look(ed) Like, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York (2019); Never been Intimate, Pi Artworks Gallery, London (2014); and Even the Walls Have Ears, Alliance Francaise, Dhaka (2004). Her works have also been shown alongside Mahbubur Rahman’s at numerous exhibitions, including Faces of Intimate Strangers, Modern Art Museum, Shanghai (2018); Artist as Activist, Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University (2016); and Parables of Our time, Gallery Akar Prakar, Kolkata (2010).

Lipi has participated in several group shows, including documenta fifteen (2022); Jakarta Biennale (2021, 2012); Classical Radical, Accademia Albertina di Belle Arti and Palazzo Madama, Turin (2021); Asian Art Biennial, Taiwan (2017); Kathmandu Triennale (2017); SONSBEEK, Arnhem Museum, the Netherlands (2016) and Frontiers Reimagined, a collateral exhibition at 56th Venice Biennale (2015).

Her works can be found in the public collections of Solomon R. Guggenheim, New York; Taiwan National Museum of Fine Arts; Devi Art Foundation, India; Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney; Bengal Foundation, Bangladesh; Samdani Art Foundation, Dhaka; JSW Foundation, India; The National Gallery of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy; Harmony Art Foundation, India; Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama; The Ilham Collection, Malaysia; and Royal Ontario Museum, among others.

Lipi was recognised as one of the Ananya Top Ten Women of the Year by Anannya Magazine (2014) and received the Inspiring Female in Promoting Art Award by Woman in Leadership and Bangladesh Brand Forum.

She has been an artist-in-residence at Contemporary Art Japan, Saitama (2014); ArtThink South Asia, India (2013); Asia Society, Hong Kong (2013); Harmony Foundation of Reliance, Mumbai (2012); Gasworks, London (2013); pARTage, Mauritius (2010); and RM Studio, Lahore (2008).

Lipi earned an MFA from the Institute of Fine Art, University of Dhaka (1993).

Born in 1969 in Gaibandha, Bangladesh, she lives and works in Dhaka.

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