Jameel Arts Centre hosts the sixth edition (titled ‘Poetry to Politics’) of the Jameel Prize, the first to have a focus on contemporary design. The exhibition debuted at the V&A in London, and has toured to Centro Cultural La Moneda in Santiago, Chile and El Museo Provincial de Bellas Artes Franklin Rawson in Argentina, before arriving “home” in the UAE.
‘Jameel Prize: Poetry to Politics’ features works by the eight finalists of the sixth edition of the prize: Golnar Adili, Hadeyeh Badri, Kallol Datta, Farah Fayyad, Ajlan Gharem, Sofia Karim, Jana Traboulsi and Bushra Waqas Khan.
Artist Ajlan Gharem was announced as the winner in September 2021, chosen by an esteemed, independent jury for his architectural installation ‘Paradise Has Many Gates’ (2015).
‘Jameel Prize: Poetry to Politics’ jury members are: Dr Tristram Hunt, Director of the V&A (Chair); Alice Rawsthorn, design critic and author; Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi, writer, researcher and founder of Barjeel Art Foundation; Mehdi Moutashar, artist and joint winner of Jameel Prize 5; and Marina Tabassum, architect and joint winner of Jameel Prize 5.
Founded in 2009, the Jameel Prize is a collaboration between the V&A and Art Jameel and is the world’s leading award for contemporary art and design inspired by Islamic tradition. The sixth edition is curated by the V&A’s Jameel Curator of Contemporary Art from the Middle East, Rachel Dedman.
A V&A Exhibition – Touring the World.
Image credit: Ajlan Gharem, Paradise Has Many Gates – Daytime, 2015. Photograph: Ajlan Gharem.SEE ALL EVENTS