The V&A, the world’s leading museum of art and design, is touring its first exhibition of works by the ten artists and designers shortlisted for the Jameel Prize 3 to Hermitage-Kazan Exhibition Centre, May 21-August, 17 and the New Manezh, October, 10-November, 23.
The Jameel Prize is an international art prize for contemporary artists and designers inspired by Islamic traditions of art, craft and design. The £25,000 prize, founded in partnership with Abdul Latif Jameel Community Initiatives (ALJCI), is awarded every two years.
Almost 270 nominations for the Jameel Prize 3 were received from a broad range of countries including entries for the first time from Algeria, Brazil, Norway and Russia. A panel of judges, chaired by V&A Director, Martin Roth, selected the shortlist of ten artists and designers.
The Jameel Prize 3 was won by Dice Kayek for Istanbul Contrast (2010), a collection of garments that evoke Istanbul’s architectural and artistic heritage. The full list of ten shortlisted artists and designers are: Faig Ahmed, Nasser Al Salem, Nada Debs, Mounir Fatmi, Rahul Jain, Dice Kayek, Waqas Khan, Laurent Mareschal, Florie Salnot and Pascal Zoghbi.
The exhibition will feature over 20 works that reflect the diversity of the shortlist. The works on show will range from Arabic typography and calligraphy to fashion inspired by the mosques and palaces of Istanbul and from video installation to delicate and precise meditative drawings.
The V&A Jameel Prize 3 exhibition in Kazan is supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Tatarstan.
ABOUT THE V&A
The V&A is the world’s leading museum of art and design with collections unrivalled in their scope and diversity.It was established to make works of art available to all and to inspire British designers and manufacturers. Today, the V&A’s collections, which span over 2000 years of human creativity in virtually every medium and from many parts of the world, continue to intrigue, inspire and inform.
ABOUT THE V&A’S ISLAMIC ART COLLECTION
The V&A has specialised in collecting Islamic art since the 1850 s, and was the first institution in the world to collect Islamic art in a systematic fashion. The Jameel Prize shows that the link between the Islamic art of the past and contemporary practice is still very much alive.
Photo: Dice Kayek Caftan (2009), Hagia Sophia (2009), Dome 2 (2010) Installation shot at Victoria and Albert