UAE’s Hadeyeh Badri among eight shortlisted in design competition exploring Islamic tradition
Britain’s V&A Museum has announced the finalists for this year’s Jameel Prize, which celebrates art and design inspired by Islamic tradition.
The Jameel Prize was founded in 2009 as a partnership between the V&A and Dubai’s Art Jameel foundation.
It showcases the influence of Islamic tradition on art, with this year’s exhibition – Jameel Prize: Poetry to Politics – the first to focus on contemporary design.
The UAE’s Hadeyeh Badri was named among eight finalists for her textile work that features Arabic writing taken from the diary of her deceased aunt.
Judges praised Badri’s highly personal work for the way it provides “intimate, imperfect monuments to loved ones”.
The other finalists are:
- Ajlan Gharem, Saudi Arabia
- Farah Fayyad, Lebanon
- Golnar Adili, Iran-born American designer
- Sofia Karim, UK
- Kallol Datta, India
- Jana Traboulsi, Lebanon
- Bushra Waqas Khan, Pakistan
The jury members were 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.
Organisers said more than 400 designers across the world entered the competition for the £25,000 prize.
The works of the eight finalists will be on display in London’s V&A Museum from Saturday, September 18 to Sunday, November 28. A winner will be announced at the start of the exhibition.