Jameel Prize 3, the V&A

Jameel Prize 3, the V&A, until 21 April

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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:

    Pixelate Tradition     2010, (Wool warp, weft and pile)     Faig Ahmed     Courtesy of YAY! Gallery, Photo: Fakhriyya Mammedova

Pixelate Tradition
2010, (Wool warp, weft and pile)
Faig Ahmed
Courtesy of YAY! Gallery, Photo: Fakhriyya Mammedova

Faig Ahmed works were inspired by Azerbaijan’s ancient craft of carpet-making.

     Guide us Upon the Straight Path     2013, (Ink on paper)     Nasser Al Salem     Courtesy of the artist and Athr Gallery, Photo: Khalid Bin Afif


Guide us Upon the Straight Path
2013, (Ink on paper)
Nasser Al Salem
Courtesy of the artist and Athr Gallery, Photo: Khalid Bin Afif

Saudi calligrapher Nasser Al Salem works both with ink on paper and mixed media.

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     Concrete Carpet     2010, (Concrete, mother-of-pearl, stainless steel)     Nada Debs     Courtesy of Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Photo: Marino Solokhov


Concrete Carpet
2010, (Concrete, mother-of-pearl, stainless steel)
Nada Debs
Courtesy of Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Photo: Marino Solokhov

Japanese –born Nada Debs now works in Lebanon producing furniture and allied products.

     Technologia     2010, (Video projection)     Mounir Fatmi     Courtesy of the artist and Paradise Row


Technologia
2010, (Video projection)
Mounir Fatmi
Courtesy of the artist and Paradise Row

Mounir Fatmi’s produces multi-media installations which often re-interpret Arabic calligraphy.

     The Snow Leopard     2007, (Silk, silver and gilded silver thread)     Rahul Jain     Courtesy of Lekha and Anupam Poddar Collection, Photo: Ashok Dilwal


The Snow Leopard
2007, (Silk, silver and gilded silver thread)
Rahul Jain
Courtesy of Lekha and Anupam Poddar Collection, Photo: Ashok Dilwal

Rahul Jain from India re-creates 17th and 18th century Mughal silks.

Dice Kayek (c) Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Dice Kayek
(c) Victoria and Albert Museum, London

The Turkish fashion label Dice Kayek is the creation of two sisters Ece and Ayse Ege.

     Forming Spaces III     2012, (Ink on paper)     Waqas Khan     Collection of Hicham Ghandour


Forming Spaces III
2012, (Ink on paper)
Waqas Khan
Collection of Hicham Ghandour

Waqas Khan comes from Pakistan and creates drawings using a precise process to build up the image.

     Laurent Mareschal, Installation shot     (c) Victoria and Albert Museum, London


Laurent Mareschal, Installation shot
(c) Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Frenchman Laurent Mareschal creates large site-specific works reflecting the impermanence of life, particularly drawing on Palestinian sources.

     Plastic Gold     2010–13, (Recycled plastic, gold paint)     Florie Salnot     Courtesy of the designer, Photo: Dominic Tschudin


Plastic Gold
2010–13, (Recycled plastic, gold paint)
Florie Salnot
Courtesy of the designer, Photo: Dominic Tschudin

Florie Salnot takes her inspiration from the traditional jewellery worn by the women of Western Sahara.

     The Arabic letter ha’, from 29LT Fonts Collection     2012, (Digital print)     Pascal Zoghbi     Courtesy of the designer


The Arabic letter ha’, from 29LT Fonts Collection
2012, (Digital print)
Pascal Zoghbi
Courtesy of the designer

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.

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