Jameel Prize 4

Shortlist Exhibition

 8 June 2016 – 14 August 2016

Winner Announcement: 7 June 2016

The Pera Museum, Istanbul, Turkey presents an exhibition of works by the eleven artists and designers shortlisted for the fourth edition of the Jameel Prize: David Chalmers Alesworth, Rasheed Araeen, Lara Assouad, CANAN, Cevdet Erek, Sahand Hesamiyan, Lucia Koch, Ghulam Mohammad, Shahpour Pouyan, Wael Shawky and Bahia Shehab. This is the first time that the Jameel Prize is launched at an external venue and the exhibition will in future rotate between the V&A and guest venues around the world.

Awarded every two years, the Jameel Prize, founded in partnership with Art Jameel, is a £25,000 international art prize for contemporary artists and designers inspired by Islamic traditions of art, craft and design. The winner of Jameel Prize 4 is announced at the Pera Museum on 7 June 2016.

Cevdet Erek, Ruler Day Night, Gündüz Gece Cetvel
Cevdet Erek,Gündüz Gece Cetveli , (2011), Ahşap, mürekkep, pleksiglas

V&A Director and chair of the Jameel Prize 4 judges, Martin Roth, said: “Since the V&A launched the Jameel Prize in 2009, the international touring exhibition has been seen by over 172,000 visitors around the world. To take the successful international element of the prize a step further we are delighted that the Pera Museum is the first host venue to announce the winner of the Jameel Prize. The V&A enjoys an excellent relationship with the Pera Museum which is well known for mixing Ottoman tradition with contemporary art and design.” 

Fady Jameel, President of Community Jameel International, said, “Over the centuries, Islamic culture provided many influential ideas that contributed to the formation of our world, and Islamic tradition continues to be a vital source of artistic ideas today. Our aim with the Jameel Prize is to encourage artists and designers around the world to explore this great heritage. With the Jameel Prize, too, we provide a forum for celebrating what has been achieved in art, craft and design inspired by Islamic tradition.”

The exhibition features over 30 works that reflect the diversity of the shortlist. The works on show range from delicate paper collages and video work with marionettes to ceramics, sculpture and artist’s books.

The Jameel Prize 4 exhibition is curated by Tim Stanley, senior curator for the V&A’s Middle Eastern collection, with Salma Tuqan, the V&A’s curator of Middle Eastern contemporary art and design.

The V&A announced the shortlist for Jameel Prize 4 in January 2016. Over 200 entries were received from countries as diverse as Puerto Rico, Mali, Pakistan, Turkey and Thailand. A panel of judges, chaired by V&A Director, Martin Roth, selected the shortlist of eleven artists and designers.

Photographs of artworks of artists from Rampa gallery.

CANAN,İstiklal Caddesi’nde Direniş (2014),Kâğıt üzerine mürekkep, boyama ve altın varak

One of the judges, Hammad Nasar, Head of Research and Programmes at Asia Art Archive (AAA), Hong Kong, commented: “This year’s shortlist includes not just a diversity of practices from sound to film to minimalist sculptures, but also evidences a growing confidence in the artists, many with strong reputations in the global art world, to assert their multiple identities – both contemporary and rooted in Muslim cultures. This is a welcome development, and suggests that platforms such as the Jameel Prize can contribute to expanding our collective ideas of what ‘global’ visual culture looks like.”

Since its launch in 2009, each edition of the Prize has been seen on international tour. Most recently, the Jameel Prize 3 exhibition visited the National Library in Singapore (2015); the Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization, UAE (2015); and two venues in Russia, the Hermitage-Kazan Exhibition Centre in Kazan and the New Manège in Moscow (2014). At the V&A and on tour in 2014 and 2015, the exhibition was seen by 183,178 visitors.

The Jameel Prize is a £25,000 international art prize for contemporary artists and designers inspired by Islamic traditions of craft and design. Launched in 2009, the winner of the first Jameel Prize was Afruz Amighi for her work 1001 Pages (2008), an intricate hand-cut screen made from the woven plastic used to construct refugee tents. In 2011 Rachid Koraïchi was awarded the prize, for his work Les Maîtres Invisibles (The Invisible Masters, 2008), a group of embroidered cloth banners, which display Arabic calligraphy and symbols and ciphers to explore the lives and legacies of the 14 great mystics of Islam. In 2013 the winner of Jameel Prize 3 was Dice Kayek, a Turkish fashion label established in 1992 by Ece and Ayşe Ege for their work Istanbul Contrast, a collection that evokes Istanbul’s architectural and artistic heritage. This was the first time the Jameel Prize was awarded to designers.

The Jameel Prize is supported by Art Jameel. The Prize was conceived after the renovation of the V&A’s Jameel Gallery of Islamic Art, which opened in July 2006 and will be celebrating its tenth anniversary this summer. The gallery is an outstanding presentation of the rich artistic heritage of the Islamic Middle East, and the Prize aims to raise awareness of the thriving interaction between contemporary practice and the great historical legacy of the region. It has also contributed to a broader understanding of Islamic culture as well as its place in the contemporary world.

Sahand Hesamiyan, Nail, ÇiviSahand Hesamiyan,Çivi (2012),Çelik
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