Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art

Tayeba Begum Lipi: Unveiling

Tayeba Begum Lipi, Unveiling Womanhood (video still), 2017. Courtesy of the artist.

November 15, 2019 – December 14, 2019

Closing Reception: December 14, 2019, 4 – 6 PM

Tayeba Begum Lipi’s work engages an embodied inquiry into the transitioning of sociocultural and sociopolitical realities. The work, Unveiling Womanhood, in this exhibition draws on the ideology of oppression in Bangladesh, further unravelling issues of female marginality, colourism, enforced female beauty standards, and the male gaze. This single-channel video work cerebrates the language of impediment, executed similarly but constructed differently across the continents.

Based in Bangladesh, Lipi’s multimedia practice often reflects the everyday life that a woman has to endure. She is known for her feminist concerns that sharply criticize the tenuous nature of our social constructions. Unveiling Womanhood was previously exhibited in her solo exhibition This is What I Look(ed) Like at Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York, earlier this year, and at the Kathmandu Triennale 2017, revolving around the contemporary issues of female identity from an autobiographical standpoint.

Lipi’s works have been featured on local, regional, and global scales. Venues that highlight her artistic career include the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, Shanghai Modern Art Museum, Museum Arnhem, the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, and the Taiwan National Museum of Fine Art. She has contributed to the 14th Jakarta Biennale in 2011, the 2012 Colombo Art Biennale, the 2012 & 2014 Dhaka Art Summit, and 56th Venice Biennale in 2015. She was one of the commissioners of the Pavilion of Bangladesh at the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011.

Lipi was the artist-in-residence at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, the Art Council of Central Finland, and Gallery 68elf in Cologne, in 2000. She won a Grand Prize at the 11th Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh in 2003, Dhaka. Coming from a drawing and painting background, she is the co-founder of Britto Arts Trust; the first artist-run and non-profit organization that promotes a diverse range of critical inquiries in the contemporary art scene of Bangladesh.

This is the artist’s first exhibition in Canada.

Curated by Mohammad Zaki Rezwan

Centre A and Mohammad Zaki Rezwan thank the School for the Contemporary Arts, Simon Fraser University for its support.

Accessibility: The gallery is wheelchair and walker accessible. If you have specific accessibility needs, please contact us at (604) 683-8326 or [email protected].

Centre A is situated on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. We honour, respect, and give thanks to our hosts.