Jameel Prize 3

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'Arabic Letter Ha' (by Pascal Zoghbi)
by Pascal Zoghbi

Courtesy of the artist

'Beiti' (by Laurent Mareschal)
by Laurent Mareschal

Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Marie Cini, Photo: Tami Notsani

'Kul' (by Nasser Al Salem)
by Nasser Al Salem

Courtesy of the artist and Athr Gallery

'Concrete Carpet' (by Nada Debs)
by Nada Debs

Courtesy of Mathaf, Photo: Marino Solokhov

'Hagia Sofia' (by Dice Kayek)
by Dice Kayek

Courtesy of Dice Kayek, Photo: Dice Kayek Archive

'Hollow' (by Faig Ahmed)
by Faig Ahmed

Courtesy of YAY! Gallery, Photo: Fakhriyya Mammedova

'Modern Times' (by Mounir Fatmi)
by Mounir Fatmi

Courtesy of the artist and Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica

'Plastic Gold' (by Florie Salnot)
by Florie Salnot

Courtesy of Florie Salnot, Photo: Dominic Tschudin

'The Birds of Paradise' (by Rahul Jain)
by Rahul Jain

Courtesy of Lekha and Ranjan Poddar collection, New Delhi. Photo: Ashok Dilwal

'Tranquil Pool' (by Waqas Khan)
by Waqas Khan

Courtesy of the artist and Sabrina Armani Art Gallery

Biennial prize for contemporary artists and designers inspired by Islamic traditions of craft and design. The exhibition showcases the work of the ten artists and designers shortlisted for the £25,000 prize. Around 270 nominations were received from countries including Algeria, Brazil, Kosovo, Norway and Russia. Shortlisted artists include Faig Ahmed, who will show two works, 'Hollow' and 'Pixelate Tradition' from his series of works inspired by traditional Azerbaijani rug making, Rahul Jain, a textile designer and historian who will show works made on traditional Indian drawlooms, and Waqas Khan, who conjures visual infinity through dots, marks and lines executed on a large scale. The winner is announced on December 10.


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This bijou exhibition at the V&A presents some of the world’s best Islamic-inspired art and design. The display includes dresses, carpets, film and textiles, alongside more traditional media. Typography features prominently in this, the third year of the competition, as modern Arabic typeface design catches up with its Roman counterpart. Standout entries include Nada Debs’ mammoth Concrete Carpet, inlaid with mother-of-pearl, and Rahul Jain’s shimmering fabrics. You don’t need any knowledge of Islamic art, or a connection to the faith, to thoroughly enjoy this beautifully-curated collection of contemporary art. For more of the latest arts reviews, check out www.curatedlondon.co.uk