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Never Been Intimate

Tayeba Begum Lipi

November 11, 2013 – December 31, 2013

Pi Artworks Istanbul, Kemankeş Karamustafa Paşa Mahallesi, Mumhane Caddesi No. 48, Beyoğlu

In Tayeba Begum Lipi’s first solo show in Turkey, the Bangladeshi artist presents works in which she uses panels of shiny silvery metal to create everyday items such as a bath tub, a pram, a picture frame, a woman’s handbag and even a bra. On first look, each of these works appear to have a smooth and luxurious surface – as if each one was encased in its very own suit of armour. On closer inspection, however, a deadly side is exposed as each metal panel is actually a razor blade.

Lipi’s fascination with razor blades has a back story dating back to her childhood. One of 12 siblings, the young Lipi was surrounded by the growing families of her older brothers and sisters. A local midwife would attend to the impending arrival of each new addition and Lipi recalls how each was accompanied by the purchase of a brand new razor blade, which would then be sterilised in boiling water. ‘This image has stayed with me,’ she says, ‘I was rather scared of the whole thing.’ Thus, by using a seemingly cold material, but one that has personal symbolism, Lipi manages to simultaneously embed emotion into her work.

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