"Vanity Fair" Tayeba Begum Lipi Solo Exhibition
City: New Delhi
Curator: Anushka Rajendran
Duration: 2019-01-28 ~ 2019-03-02
Venue: Shrine Empire
Address: D 395, Defence Colony New Delhi
Participating Artist(s): Tayeba Begum Lipi

Tayeba Begum Lipi’s recent body of work that is part of ‘Vanity Fair’ addresses the irony embedded in the commodification of art, especially, art that represents movements that are staunchly critical of the economic circuits that they are likely to traverse. Known for her feminist art practice that has over the years called into question the brutal ways by which overarching patriarchal structures have confined women, and subjected them to physical as well as psychological violence, the artist is also self-conscious of the way her own work, as well as the work of other explicitly political artists are being subsumed and appropriated by the logic of the capital in an art context that is undeniably yet to shake off deeply rooted sexism. While the presence of such work is subversive in itself — to be seen, recognized and heard — making emancipatory dents in the system, this exhibition goes a step forward in acknowledging the toxic masculinity that is easily able to appropriate and divert resistance movements to its own benefit. And art is not alone. This logic of technocratic late capitalism seeps into civilian movements as well. In the current context that we occupy, who is able to completely ameliorate cultural production to a position where it is completely untouched by the neo-liberal patterns of production and consumption that unconsciously inform our thoughts, behavior and aspirations? The exhibition is an introspection of this conundrum. During ‘Vanity Fair’ the gallery becomes a shop, in the most literal sense of the word. Come, browse for your brand of resistance.

——Curatorial text by Anushka Rajendran

Born at Gaibandha, Bangladesh Tayeba Begum Lipi did her MFA in 1993 at the Institute of Fine Art, University of Dhaka. Tayeba has done a number of solo exhibitions and projects at Istanbul, London, Dhaka, NYC, Hong Kong and Delhi. Her major duos with artist Mahbubur Rahman are ‘Artist as Activist’ was at Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum (MSU), USA in 2016 curated by Caitlin Doherty and ‘Faces of Intimate Strangers’ at Modern Art Museum, Shanghai curated by Sandy Hsiuchic Lo.

Tayeba’s significant Group shows include Taiwan Asian Art Biennale 2017-2018, Kathmandu Triennale 2017, 2017 Asian Art Biennale Taiwan, ‘Art Festival WATOU’, 2016 Belgium; ‘SONSBEEK 2016’ at Arnhem Museum, the Netherlands; ‘ Frontiers Reimagined ’ a collateral exhibition at Venice Biennale 2015 at Museo di Palazzo Grimani; CiCLO (CYCLE) at CCBB Sao Paulo, Brasilia and Bello Horizonte, Brazil; No Country at Guggenheim NY, Asia Society Hong Kong Center and CCA Singapore; Dhaka Art Summit 2014 & 2012, Colombo Biennale 2012; 14th Jakarta Biennale and 54 Venice Biennale in 2011. Her residencies/fellowships include countries such as Italy, Hong Kong, UK, India, Mauritius,Pakistan, Myanmar, Denmark, Ireland, Germany and Finland.

Tayeba 's works are part of the collection of the Samdani Art Foundation, Bengal Foundation, Devi Art Foundation, Harmony Art Foundation, Jindal Foundation, The Solomon R. Guggenheim and National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung. Tayeba is the Co-Founder and Trustee of Britto Arts Trust.


[Editor] 张艳