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Tayeba Begum Lipi, My Daughter’s Cot, 2012, stainless steel razor blades, stainless steel, 40 × 48 × 30". From “The Artist as Activist: Tayeba Begum Lipi and Mahbubur Rahman.”

“The Artist as Activist: Tayeba Begum Lipi and Mahbubur Rahman”

Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum

Tayeba Begum Lipi, My Daughter’s Cot, 2012, stainless steel razor blades, stainless steel, 40 × 48 × 30". From “The Artist as Activist: Tayeba Begum Lipi and Mahbubur Rahman.”

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 art world as it surveyed the politically engaged practices of artist couple Tayeba Begum Lipi and Mahbubur Rahman. While Lipi’s work takes gender as its central focus, Rahman’s tackles everything from the legacy of border disputes and their geopolitical ramifications to the plight of the disenfranchised and poor.

Devoting a section to each artist, the exhibition showcased Lipi’s and Rahman’s individual practices while subtly acknowledging overlaps, intersections, and influences. A number of Lipi’s signature sculptures—furniture and apparel whose surfaces consist of chain mail–like sheets of stainless-steel razor blades—were theatrically presented in darkened galleries. Taking cues from Mona

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