Victoria & Albert Museum Art Jameel presents 4th Jameel Prize Exhibition in Pera Museum between June 8th – August 14th 2016 in collaboration with Pera Museum. Earning the chance to win the 4th Jameel Prize, there are 11 artists chosen from more than 280 applications from various countries such as Afghanistan, Mali, Porto Rico and Thailand; David Chalmers Alesworth, Rasheed Araeen, Lara Assouad, Canan and Cevdet Erek, Sahand Hesamiyan, Lucia Koch, Ghulam Mohammad, Shahpour Pouyan, Wael Shawky and Bahia Shehab. The exhibition will include artists’ works from collages to video installations, ceramics and caligraphy to sculpture and artist books in various media.

The head of Jameel Prize is the award winning architect Zaha Hadid. The jury, which will be led by Martin Roth, the director of Victoria & Albert Museum, are artist Alan Caiger-Smith, founders of Dice Kayek and 3rd Jameel Prize winners Ece and Ayşe Ege, curator Rosa Issa and Hammad Nasar, Director of Hong Kong Asia Art Archive (AAA) Research and Programs. The first Jameel Prize was given in 2009 to Afruz Amighi for her work ‘1001 Pages;’ this piece was an intricate handmade curtain weaved with plastic wool that is used in nomadic tents. In 2011, Rachid Koraïchi won the prize with his work with textile banners of Arabic caligraphy, symbols and codes, Les Maitres Invisible (Invisible Masters) which aimed to examine the lives and heritages of 14 big dervishes of Islam. In 2013, the 3rd Jameel Prize was given to the collection ”Istanbul Contrast” with pieces that reflected Istanbul’s architectural and artistic heritage by Dice Kayek, Turkish fashion brand that was established in 1992 by Ece ve Ayşe Ege, becoming the first Jameel Proze to be given to a designer.