The Jameel Prize is an international award designed to highlight the production of contemporary art and design which has been inspired by Islamic traditions.
The Jameel Prize 3 winners, Dice Kayek, are a fashion house based in Istanbul whose collection of garments ‘Istanbul Contrast’, for which they won the prize, was inspired by the famous architectural sites of Istanbul.
The garments in Istanbul Contrast bring to mind the famous domes of Istanbul’s historical mosques and are an example of how Islamic artistic styles can be applied to a range of mediums. The cross-application of aesthetics from one medium to another is much like the methods adopted by traditional Islamic artisans in the vast history of Islamic art. Traditional artists were more akin to craftsmen who were known to decorate varying items of differing materials using the same stylistic designs including ceramics, metalwork and wood.
Inspiration from the architecture of Istanbul is not new. A previous nomination in the 2009 short-list of the same prize included the work of jeweller Sevan Biçakçi who created miniature scenes of Istanbul in the form of rings.
All shortlisted nominations are featured in the current exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Musuem, London on show until 21 April 2014.
Some of the featured work includes pieces which are digital in form such as the multi-media installations by Mounir Fatmi – Modern Times: A History of the Machine and Technologia. These installations are animated videos projected on to the walls supported by static noise audio.
Another artist who made use of digital technology was Faig Ahmed who designed his carpets using computer software before having them hand-made in the traditional weaving method of Azerbaijan.
To see more of the striking artworks on show visit the V&A before the exhibition ends on 21 April 2014.
To learn more about the current exhibition: http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/exhibitions/exhibition-jameel-prize/
To learn more about the Jameel Prize: http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/exhibitions/exhibition-jameel-prize/jameel-prize/