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Made in Rana Plaza
Dilara Begum Jolly’s garment factory-themed art
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For over three decades, contemporary Bangladeshi artist Dilara Begum Jolly (b. 1961) has critiqued abuses against women, both within her country and globally, through her work. In response to the devastating 2013 collapse of Rana Plaza (an eight-story garment factory in Dhaka that killed over eleven hundred workers) Jolly created a series of highly affective artworks, which are here presented as acts of cultural activism. With their incorporation of workers’ effects Jolly salvaged from Rana Plaza, many of the artworks are haunting and visceral. The artist notes her goal for these works: if strong enough, such a reaction may inspire viewers to buy more ethically and demand grassroots changes, thus transforming her garment factory-themed art into a small but powerful act of resistance to a global system of structural violence.

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