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The Jameel Prize: Art Inspired by Islamic Tradition

The Jameel Prize: Art Inspired by Islamic Tradition

The Jameel Prize: Art Inspired by Islamic Tradition

"The Jameel Prize: Art Inspired by Islamic Tradition" at the San Antonio Museum of Art now through August 11, 2013. Calendar of related events >>

The Jameel Prize is an international art prize for contemporary artists and designers inspired by Islamic traditions of art, craft and design. Nominations are invited from a wide range of specialists with a knowledge of contemporary art and design inspired by Islamic tradition. The works of finalists go on exhibit at the Victoria and Albert Museum which manages this bi-annual prize.

The San Antonio Museum of Art is one of only two stops in the U.S. for the works of finalists from the 2011 competition. Among the artists featured is an Egyptian, Hazem El Mestikawy, whose sculptural installation is made from recycled cardboard, newspaper and glue entitled Bridge (2009). El Mestikawy has created an intricate and geometrical sculpture by reusing equal extracts of Arabic and English newspaper to form seven movable units which can be arranged to form ‘bridges’. The work is a continuation of his exploration of the socio-­-political issues of North versus South and East versus West. El Mestikawy defines the space between different regions, both geographically and metaphorically. His practice assimilates ancient Egyptian and Islamic art and architecture, as well as contemporary and minimal art philosophies.





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