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Imran Hossain Piplu was born in Dhaka in 1972, where he was trained at the Institute of Fine Art, University of Dhaka, receiving an MFA degree in 1998 in Sculpture. Some of his participation in group exhibitions include the upcoming Parables: Pavilion of Bangladesh, 54th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia ,2011; 14th Asian Art Biennale, Dhaka 2010 and Videozoom: Bangladesh, Sala 1 Rome, Italy, 2010; Britto New Media Festival, Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts , 2009 and 1mile² Dhaka, at Beauty Boarding in Old Dhaka ,2009; Off the Beaten Path, South Asian Artists’ Exhibition, Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, Dhaka,2008 organised by Britto Arts Trust; a group exhibition followed by a three-month long residency at Sacatar Foundation, Brazil ,2005; Residency outcome Show, Alliance Française de Dacca, Dhaka organised by Britto Arts Trust,  2005; Sculpture Exhibition, organised by Vashkar in Dhaka , 2005; Exhibition of Residency Programme at Taipei Artist Village, Taipei, Taiwan, 2004; Group Exhibition, Jindal Art Foundation, Karnataka, India, 2003; Young Artists from Bangladesh, Ibraki, Japan, 2002; Group Art Exhibition (Japan-Bangladesh), Chiju Art Gallery, Tokyo,2001 ; India-Bangladesh Art Exhibition, Gallery Alternative, Kolkata, 2000; National Art Exhibition organised by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka between 1997-2000. Recently, he attended Theertha International Artists’ Workshop, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2010; Image Manipulation Workshop and Across the Street, Video Art Workshop by Britto Arts Trust, 2009; Britto International Artist’s Workshop 2003, Tepantor Film City,  Bhaluka, Bangladesh; Collaborative workshop at Dhaka, Bangladesh, Copenhagen, Orhus, Odense, Denmark, organized by Images of the World, Denmark; Hualien International Artists workshop, Taiwan in 2003. Stone Carving Workshop, organised by Jindal Art Foundation, Karnataka, India, 2002.  In 2003, Piplu received a fellowship by UNESCO/Aschberg 2003-4 at Sacatar Foundation, Brazil. His artist-in-residency programmes were held in Britto Arts Trust, Bangladesh; Sacatar Foundation, Brazil;  Edinburgh Mela Limited, Scotland; Taipei Artists’ Village in Taiwan and Jindal Vyjayanagar, Karnataka, India. In 2001 and 2002, he was awarded respectively first and second prizes for his project at Cavalcade Parade in Edinburgh Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland. He also received Best Award for Sculpture from Institute of fine art, University of Dhaka in 1997. Piplu is a Founder -Trustee of Britto Arts Trust.

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Kabir Ahmed Masum Chisty works in the premise of fine art and animation. He was born in Narayanganj, in 1976, and obtained an MFA in sculpture from the Institute of Fine Art, University of Dhaka in 1998. His participation in major group exhibitions include Parables: Pavilion of Bangladesh, 54th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia ,2011;14th Asian Art Biennale  by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy in 2010; Britto New Media Festival at Bengal Gallery, 2009; 1mile² Dhaka by Visiting Arts UK and Britto Arts Trust, Bangladesh at Bulbul Lalitkala Academy, Old Dhaka, 2009; Off the Beaten Path, South Asian Artists’ Exhibition at Bengal Gallery, Dhaka; 2008, Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition, organised by Vashkar at Alliance Française de Dacca, Dhaka, 2007; Group Art Exhibition at Alliance Française de Dacca, Dhaka, 2005; Movement will become Sculpture, organised by Britto Arts Trust, 2004; Transformation, a group show on metal casting at Alliance Française de Dacca, Dhaka, 2003; Contemporary Sculpture of Bangladesh, organised by Vashkar, Dhaka, 2002; Stone Carving Exhibition at the Jindal Art Foundation, Karnataka, India, 2002; Exposer 7, Nepal Art Council, Kathmandu, 1999. He made consecutive appearances at the National Art Exhibition, Young Artist’s Exhibition and Asian Art Biennales, Dhaka from 1997 to 2003 that are bi- annually organised by Bangladesj Shilpakala Academy. He has also taken part in workshops 1 Mile² Dhaka, a two month long public art project by Britto Arts Trust Bangladesh and Visiting Arts UK; Across the Street, Video Art Workshop and Image Manipulation Workshop by Britto Arts Trust in 2009. Theertha international Artist workshop, Sri Lanka,2008.Sutra international Artist workshop 2007, Nepal. Video Art Workshop by Britto Arts Trust, Bangladeshin 2006. 2005 Script-writing & Animationby UNICEF, Bangladesh; Britto International Artists’ workshop 2003 and 2005 by Britto Arts Trust; Movement Will Become Sculpture by Britto Arts Trust, 2004; Stone carving workshop by Jindal Art foundation Karnataka, India, 2002; Workshop on Music, Bit, Rhythm and Time in Puppetry in Dhaka, 1999.In 2009 he attended the HK International Sculpture Symposium in Honk Kong. He received an award in 2005 for Best Short Film in International Short & Individual Film Festival in Bangladesh. Masum is the Founder -Trustee of Britto Arts Trust.

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Mahbubur Rahman was born in 1969 in Dhaka. He completed his MFA at the Institute of Fine Art, University of Dhaka in 1993. In his career, spanning more than two decades, Mahbub has held twelve solo shows at home and abroad- Mahbubur Rahman, Devi Foundation, Delhi, 2009; Mumbai Tropism, the LOFT and Blue Frog, Mumbai, 2009; The Story of a Deceased Man, Gallery Kaya, Dhaka, 2007; Spell of Weeping, La Galerie, Alliance Française de Dacca, 2004; Time in a Limbo, Chittagong Govt. Art College, Chittagong, 2003; Conflict, Goethe-Institut Bangladesh, Dhaka, 2002; Conversation with Myself, Kedai Kebun Gallery, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, 2001; War My Love, Gallery 21, Dhaka, 2001; Self- Slaughter, Gallery 21, Dhaka, 2000; Long Shadow and the Bright Light, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka, 1999; City-Crisis, Alliance Française Dhaka and Shilpasamannaya, Chittagong, 1997 and Waiting for Haven, his first installation show at Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka in 1994. In 2009, the Devi Foundation in Delhi published a monograph of his work. He has exhibited with his artist wife, Tayeba Begum Lipi in two-person shows such as Parables of our Times, Gallery Akar Prakar, Kolkata, 2010; Artificial Reality, La Galerie, Alliance Française Dhaka, 2002 and Slave of the Civilization, a performance at Jyvaskyla, Finland, 2000.

Rahman has exhibited widely internationally. His selected shows include 54. La Biennale di Venezia 2011; 5th-14th Asian Art Biennale, Dhaka; Secher Scott, Copenhagen; Videozoom: Bangladesh, Sala 1, Rome, Italy, 2010; 9th-16th, 18th National Art Exhibition, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka; Separating Myth from Reality, an international show organised by Siddharta Art Gallery, Kathmandu; 1mile² Dhaka, at Old Dhaka, 2009; Britto New Media Festival, Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka, 2009; Six Degrees of Separation, South Asian Artists’ Exhibition, Anant Gallery, Delhi; Off the Beaten Path, South Asian Artists’ Exhibition, Drik Gallery, Dhaka; Bangladesh Contemporary Art Week, Turkish Cultural and Tourism Center, New York and Bangladesh Contemporary Art Show, European Union House, Brussels by Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts; In collaboration with Mithila Art, Christiania Gallery, Copenhagen, 2008 and in Gallery Kaya, Dhaka, 2007; Khula Doka, door project, Arts Council, Kathmandu; South Asian Contemporary Art Exhibition, Copenhagen, 2006; In Collaboration with Rickshaw Painters, La Galerie, Alliance Française  Dhaka; Open Studio Day Show, Gasworks Studio, London, 2005; Contemporary Artists of Dhaka, Gallery NICA, Yangon, Myanmar, 2004; LAAL: The Passion of Zahoor-ul-Akhlaq, Gallery of Mississauga, Ontario, 2003; Indian Triennale, Lalitkala Academy, Delhi ;3rd Young Artist’s Exhibition of Japan-Bangladesh, Gallery 52, Japan and Zainul Gallery, Dhaka, 2001; Translation, Displacement and Actualisation, Gallery ’68 elf’, Cologne, Germany; Veri-nice-saari a  performance & installation art show, Jyvaskyla, Finland; Rickshaw Painting in Bangladesh, Galerie-Freiraum, Waltrop, Germany, 2000; Traveling Exhibition in South Asia in Kathmandu, Thimpu, Kolkata & Dhaka and finally 4th Asian Art Show, Fukuoka Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan, 1994.

Screenings of his video work, The City Gate, was presented at Cinema Reflet Medicis, Paris, 2009, Reina Sofia National Museum, Madrid, 2010 and at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, 2010; Raku, Zainul Gallery, Faculty of Fine Art, University of Dhaka, 2009 and Rickshaw Chole-Re at Arts Council in Kathmandu, 2008. He has been invited for artist residencies The LOFT Mumbai, India ; Chang Moon art Centre, South Korea; Sutra International Residency, Nepal; Jindal Township  Karnataka, India; Cill Rialaig Project, Co. Kerry, Ireland; National Workshop for Arts and Crafts, Copenhagen; Cemeti Art Foundation, Yogyakarta, Indonesia; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Ireland; Arts Council Jyvaskyla, Finland; Gasworks Residency, London; Gallery ‘68-elf’, Cologne and HAT artists in residency at Bristol University & Plymouth College of Art and Design UK along with several workshops in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, UK, Japan, China and India. Having received nineteen grants and awards, his significant ones including “Grand Award” in the 9th Asian Art Biennale, 1999 and Honourable Mention Awards in the 14th Asian Art Biennale in 2010, as well as 7th and 5th Asian Art Biennale, Dhaka in 1995 and 1991, Grand Prize at the 13th National Art Exhibition, 1998, as well as Best Awards in Sculpture in 1998, 1994 and 1990 at Young Artists’ Exhibition, hosted by  Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka; a one-year fellowship from the artist Aminul Islam Trust, Bangladesh, 2004, selected for a fellowship of Unesco-Aschberg Bursaries for Artists’ Programme, 2001. Mahbub is a Founder-Trustee and Honorary coordinator of Britto Arts Trust.

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Promotesh Das Pulak was born in Sylhet in 1980. He studied drawing and painting at the Institute of Fine Art, University of Dhaka receiving his BFA and MFA, consecutively in 2002 and 2004. He is participating at Parables: Pavilion of Bangladesh, 54th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, 2011. His major exhibitions include Videozoom: Bangladesh, Sala 1, Rome, Italy, 2010. In 2010, he was also exhibited at Shilpakala Academy for 17th Young Artists’ Exhibition and at Sarwardi Uddyan in Dhaka for Robi Bangladesh Mela; Other group shows include 11th Contemporary Young Artist’s Exhibition, Chuwa Gallery, Tokyo in 2009; Raku at Zainul Gallery, Faculty of Fine Art, University of Dhaka  by Britto Arts Trust and University of Dhaka and 13th Asian Art Biennale, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka in 2009; Contemporary Art Exhibition, Kawasaki City Museum, Japan, 2007, Group Show at Dots Gallery, Dhaka in 2006. He received a fellowship for drawing by the artist Aminul Islam Trust, Bangladesh in 2006. His participation in workshops initiated by Britto Arts Trust were Book making Workshop  and Britto International Artists’ Workshop, Sonargaon, Narayanganj in 2010, Extended Vision and Across the Street, 3rd and 4th video art workshop, Dhaka in 2008 and 2009 subsequently, and Raku Workshop in 2009. Pulak is a member of Britto Arts Trust.

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Born in Gaibandha in 1969, Tayeba Begum Lipi has been living in Dhaka for the past twenty-five years.  She studied drawing and painting at the Institute of Fine Art, University of Dhaka until 1993. She is one of the Founder- Trustees of Britto Arts Trust, where she played a major role as coordinator since its inception in 2002 until 2007. Her curations include several international large-scale projects, as well as recently being the commissioner for Parables: Bangladesh Pavilion at the 54th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, 2011.

Her solo exhibitions include Feminine, Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, Dhaka, 2007; Even the Walls have Ears, installation show, Alliance Française de Dacca, Dhaka, 2004; Gallery 21, Dhaka, 2001 and Alliance Française de Dacca, Dhaka in 1998. Lipi has been exhibited in two-person shows such as Parables of our Times, Gallery Akar Prakar, Kolkata, 2010, Artificial Reality, La Galerie, Alliance Française de Dacca, Dhaka, 2002 and Slave of the Civilization, performance at Jyvaskyla, Finland, 2000 with her artist husband, Mahbubur Rahman. She received the Grand Prize award at the 11th Asian Art Biennale and a one-year fellowship from the artist Aminul Islam Trust, Bangladesh in 2004. Some of her selected group shows include 54. la Biennale di Venezia  and FemLink-Video Collage, worldwide screenings in 2011; Between Kismet and Karma: South Asian women artists respond to conflict, Leeds Art Gallery, UK, and Videozoom: Bangladesh, Sala 1, Rome, Italy, 2010; 13th-16th,18th, 19th National Art Exhibition, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka; Separating Myth from Reality, an international exhibition by Siddhartha Art Gallery, Kathmandu, New Media Festival 2009 and1mile² Dhaka, Old Dhaka by Britto Arts Trust in 2009; Bangladesh Contemporary Art Week, Turkish Cultural Center, New York , 13th Asian Art Biennale, organised by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka, In collaboration with Mithila Art, Christiania Gallery, Copenhagen, Bangladesh Contemporary Art Show, European Union House, Brussels, Ejaz Gallery, Lahore and Faces of  feminine expressions from Bangladesh, Gallery Akar Prakar, Kolkata, 2008; In Collaboration with Mithila Art, Gallery Kaya, Dhaka and  Collage-Kalpa, Bengal Gallery, Dhaka, 2007; 9th-14th Asian Art Biennale, Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka, 2006, South Asian Contemporary Art Exhibition, Copenhagen, 2006; Collaboration with Mithila Art, Siddhartha Art Gallery, Kathmandu, 2006, Gasworks Studio, London, 2005; Contemporary Artists of Dhaka, Gallery NICA, Yangon, Myanmar, 2004; LAAL: The Passion of  Zahoor-ul Akhlaq, Gallery of Mississauga, Ontario, 2003; 2nd Young Artists’ Exhibition from Bangladesh, Gallery Kusabue, Japan, 2001, Translation, Displacement and Actualisation, Gallery ’68-elf’, Cologne and Veri-nice-saari 2000, a performance and installation art show, Jyvaskyla, Finland, 2000. A Travelling Exhibition in South Asia in Kathmandu, Thimpu, Kolkata and Dhaka, 1994.

Lipi has been invited for residencies such as Skill and Knowledge Sharing Programme at pARTage, Mauritius, 2010; RM Studio Residency, Lahore, Pakistan, 2008; Gasworks Residency Programme, London, 2005; NICA, Yangon, Myanmar, 2004; National Workshops for Arts and Crafts, Copenhagen, 2004; IMMA, The Irish Museum of Modern Art,Ireland, Cill Rialaig Project, Ballinskelligs, Co.Kerry, Ireland, Gallery ’68-elf’, Cologne, Germany and a residency initiated by the Arts Council of Central Finland, Jyvaskyla, Finland in  2000. Lipi has also been involved with numerous workshops which are held in Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Taiwan.

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