Jameel Prize 3, the V&A, until 21 April
The £25,000 Jameel Prize is awarded every two years for contemporary artists and designers whose work is inspired by Islamic traditions in art, craft and design.
There were originally nearly 270 entrants from a wide range of countries, including Algeria, Brazil, Kosovo, Norway and Russia. The judge’s panel, chaired by V&A Director, Martin Roth, then chose the ten lucky people to make it to the short list.
Each artist or designer in that list was allowed to show two works. The selected artists including the winners, whose work you will see are as follows:
Faig Ahmed works were inspired by Azerbaijan’s ancient craft of carpet-making.
Saudi calligrapher Nasser Al Salem works both with ink on paper and mixed media.
Japanese –born Nada Debs now works in Lebanon producing furniture and allied products.
Mounir Fatmi’s produces multi-media installations which often re-interpret Arabic calligraphy.
Rahul Jain from India re-creates 17th and 18th century Mughal silks.
The Turkish fashion label Dice Kayek is the creation of two sisters Ece and Ayse Ege.
Waqas Khan comes from Pakistan and creates drawings using a precise process to build up the image.
Frenchman Laurent Mareschal creates large site-specific works reflecting the impermanence of life, particularly drawing on Palestinian sources.
Florie Salnot takes her inspiration from the traditional jewellery worn by the women of Western Sahara.
Lebanese designer Pascal Zoghbi designs fonts in Arabic typography, producing fonts that have a modern edge while respecting Arabic script.
The winners, announced in December 2013, were Dice Kayek for their Istanbul Contrast garment collection. Judge panel Chairman Martin Roth said “The selection of the winner was as difficult as ever, given the very high standard of the shortlisted work. We were struck by the way that Dice Kayek’s work uses Islamic inspiration in a completelysecular context, taking it into a new world, that of contemporary fashion. Their interpretation ofIslamic traditions in the three garments displayed makes them truly deserving winners of theJameel Prize 3.”