Pakistani artist Ghulam Mohammad has been awarded £25,000 after being unveiled as the winner of the Jameel Prize 4 at a ceremony at the Pera Museum in Istanbul, Turkey.
Fellow artists Ayşe and Ece Ege, the winners of Jameel Prize 3, presented Mr Mohammad with his prize after his work was judged to stand out for its excellence of concept and execution.
Fady Jameel, President of Community Jameel International, said: “We would like to congratulate Ghulam Mohammad, the first artist from Pakistan to win the Jameel Prize. Using second-hand books, Mohammad’s intricate collages of paper cuttings of Urdu script pasted on Wasli paper create new meanings and celebrate the great heritage of Islamic art, craft and design.”
Eleven artists were shortlisted for the Jameel Prize 4, from over 280 nominations from countries including Afghanistan, Mali, Puerto Rico and Thailand.
Martin Roth, Director of the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum in London, was chair of the panel of judges. He said: “Over the four cycles of the Jameel Prize so far, the award has been made to artists and designers at every stage of their creative lives. I am delighted that Jameel Prize 4 has been won by a young artist at the beginning of his career.”
The biannual Jameel Prize is supported by Art Jameel, an initiative of Community Jameel. It aims to raise awareness of the thriving interaction between contemporary practice and the great historical legacy of the Islamic Middle East. It has also contributed to a broader understanding of Islamic culture internationally.
The prize was conceived after the renovation of the V&A’s Jameel Gallery of Islamic Art in London, which opened in July 2006.
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