Sixth Jameel Prize dedicated to Islamic influences in contemporary design

The Jameel Prize 5 was awarded jointly for the first time to Iraqi artist Mehdi Moutashar and Bangladeshi architect Marina Tabassum.  (Supplied)
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Updated 24 March 2020

Sixth Jameel Prize dedicated to Islamic influences in contemporary design

DUBAI: The long revered Jameel Prize, launched by London’s Victoria & Albert museum and Art Jameel in 2009 to recognize the influence of Islamic tradition on contemporary culture, is heralding in a new era. This year, which marks its sixth edition, will be dedicated to design. 

The prize has continued to evolve throughout its history, highlighting the cross-section of various creative disciplines, including architecture, film, sculpture and fashion, as well as histories of different regions from across the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia region. Previously a solely mixed-media award, the next edition of the prize is the first time that it will be centred on a single discipline.




Jameel Prize is launched by London’s Victoria & Albert museum and Art Jameel in 2009. (Supplied)

Why the focus on Islamic design? As the worlds of contemporary art and collectible design grow closer, much has been noted on their evolving marriage. The Jameel Prize 6 further cements the growing interest in the world of design from a fine art standpoint.

“Despite the deep craft traditions and recent growth of the Middle Eastern and Asian design scenes, contemporary design inspired by Islamic tradition is yet to have its due spotlight,” stated Art Jameel in a statement. 

“The sixth edition of the prize zooms in on a single discipline — that of contemporary design — while magnifying the scope to include an open call, enabling practitioners from across the world to apply,” said Director of Art Jameel Antonia Carver. 




Jameel Prize is created to recognize the influence of Islamic tradition on contemporary culture. (Supplied)

Importantly, how does one define what constitutes design? Applications, which opened on March 18 and run until May 31, 2020, welcome practitioners from a wide range of disciplines, including jewelry, product, web, graphic, fashion, speculative design, typography, craft, architecture and applied arts. The Jameel Prize 6 exhibition will open at the V&A in London during the summer of 2021, curated by the V&A’s Jameel Curator of Contemporary Art from the Middle East Rachel Dedman, in collaboration with Senior Curator Tim Stanley.




This year marks Jameel Prize’s sixth edition. (Supplied)

“We think the Jameel Prize 6 exhibition will be the largest such show to date, anywhere in the world, of innovative contemporary design inspired by Islamic traditions,” added Carver. “The prize reminds us of the enduring influence of the great age of Islamic art and design on today’s creatives.”

The Jameel Prize 5 marked further evolution. It was awarded jointly for the first time to Iraqi artist Mehdi Moutashar and Bangladeshi architect Marina Tabassum. 




Jameel Prize’s sixth edition will be dedicated to design. (Supplied)

The jury follows the same format as other editions of the prize. The jury will be chaired by Dr Tristram Hunt, director of the V&A, and will comprise the joint-winners of Jameel Prize 5, Iraqi artist Mehdi Moutashar and Bangladeshi architect Marina Tabassum, as well as British author and design critic Alice Rawsthorn and Emirati writer, researcher and founder of Barjeel Art Foundation Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi.

“Art Jameel aims to take a ‘kaizen’ approach, recognizing the potential in continually questioning and striving for improvement, to its programs, and the process of working with the V&A to rethink and future-proof the Jameel Prize,” added Carver. 


Part-Jordanian footwear designer Amina Muaddi’s stepfather dies   

The celebrated designer has a well-established brand, Amina Muaddi, famous for its signature flared heels. (Getty)
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Part-Jordanian footwear designer Amina Muaddi’s stepfather dies   

DUBAI: Jordanian-Romanian footwear designer Amina Muaddi said Wednesday on Instagram that her stepfather has died. 

In a heart-felt message, captioning a cheerful picture of her childhood with him, she wrote: “You made the most noble choice: to be the father of a child that is not yours. I prayed to God that he’d take my tears and use them as fuel to give you more life.” 

“I will miss you forever daddy. My heart is shattered,” Muaddi, who celebrated her 34th birthday this week, added. 

The shoemaker, adored by celebrities, was born to a Jordanian father and a Romanian mother, said in an interview with Vogue Arabia magazine that her family moved to Amman a few weeks after she was born. 

Her parents split when she was six and she returned to Romania with her mother. 

“I wasn’t aware of what my mom did to help me as a child and it took me years to understand. The opportunities I have today are mostly because she took me out of Jordan. Not because it’s not a good place to live, but because my dad is very conservative and probably would not have liked for me to have a career,” she explained. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

@kyliejenner poses in her Begum slingback in bright pink silk satin. #AminaMuaddi #AminasLadies #KylieJenner

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Fast-forward to 2020, the celebrated designer has a well-established brand, famous for its signature flared heels, that has garnered a loyal checklist of famous fans, including Dua Lipa, Gigi Hadid, Kylie Jenner, Kendall Jenner and Hailey Baldwin Bieber.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

@badgalriri posing in her BEGUM glass slingback pumps. #AminasLadies #rihanna #AminaMuaddiSS19 #AminaMuaddi

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