Dilara Begum Jolly (b. 1960, Chittagong, Bangladesh) touches upon themes of gender, trauma and the female body. Initially trained as a painter, she has expanded her practice to include various media such as performance, video and sound.. Jolly has developed a signature practice of needling on paper and, more recently, photographs – a painstaking process during which she draws motifs on paper, or highlights areas on photographs, through needle prickling.
The work of Dilara Begum Jolly was included in the exhibition, A Beast, a God and a Line (Dhaka Art Summit, 2018). Bengal Foundation has organised several solo exhibitions of Jolly’s work, including Excavating Time (Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, Dhaka, 2006), Threads of Testimony (Dhaka, 2014) and microtears’/Omorar Akkhan (Daily Star-Bengal Arts Precinct, Dhaka, 2015).