Mahbubur Rahman – kathmandu triennale

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In this video installation, the artist reproduces the context of a Nepali transgender woman. Real belongings and furniture of the film’s subject have been loaned to create a natural and private environment. A double projection then provides insight into the intricate life of transgender people of Kathmandu. Mahbubur Rahman is an artist for whom activism is not a dead word. The artist questions conventions and social values which are part of daily life. As an artist Mahbubur Rahman absorbs the environment he lives in, and transforms it into an artwork which functions as a critical mirror for the audience.



Mahbubur Rahman (1969) is part of a generation of Bangladeshi artists who have introduced new techniques, work and subject matters into their art. Born in 1969, he has had numerous solo exhibitions and exhibited widely internationally, including such major recent venues as the 54th Venice Biennale, Italy, and the 14th Asian Art Biennale, Bangladesh. He has also been artist-in-resident at colleges, museums and art centers in the UK, Denmark, Indonesia, Ireland, Germany, Finland, Nepal, Korea and India. Rahman is the Founder-Trustee of Britto Arts Trust, a non-profit artist-run platform for artists in Bangladesh.