Jameel Arts Centre brings the Jameel Prize 5 exhibition to Dubai, April 25, showcasing eight exceptional artists and designers from a varied range of practices.

Inaugurated in 2009, the biennial Jameel Prize was conceived after the opening of the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Jameel Gallery of Islamic Art, presenting the artistic heritage of the Islamic world. The prize is a pioneering platform for showcasing the existing and thriving intersection between contemporary arts and rich Islamic culture.

The exhibition presents works by Iraqi artist Mehdi Moutashar whose art represents the integration of the western heritage of geometric abstraction and traditional Islam geometrical design as well as the Bangladeshi architect Marina Tabassum who is the principal architect of her eponymous brand. Together, they are the first joint winners of the Jameel Prize 5.

Moutashar received the award for his bold work of minimalist abstraction rooted in Islamic geometry, and Tabassum for her visionary Bait ur Rouf mosque built in 2012 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The exhibit displays six other shortlisted artists and designers; Kamrooz Aram, naqsh collective, Hayv Kahraman, Hala Kaiksow, Younes Rahmoun, and Wardha Shabbir.

In its 10th year now, the Jameel Prize brings together works in painting, architecture, fashion and drawing as well as a large-scale multimedia installation spread across five galleries in Jameel Arts Centre.

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