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Bahrain's Hala Kaiksow shortlisted for major international award

Bahrain News
Fri, 09 Feb 2018
By Razan Alkhair
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A BAHRAIN resident is among eight artists shortlisted for a major international prize awarded for work inspired by Islamic art and design.

The Jameel Prize, awarded by the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London and Art Jameel, a UAE organisation that supports artists and creative communities, carries a cash prize of £25,000.

Bahrain’s Hala Kaiksow joins Kamrooz Aram (Iran), Hayv Kahraman (Iraq), Mehdi Moutashar (French-Iraqi), naqsh collective (from Jordan), Younes Rahmoun (Morocco), Wardha Shabbir (Pakistan) and Marina Tabassum (Bangladesh) for the 2018 prize.

Their work will be on view in London at the V&A in a Jameel Prize exhibition that opens on June 28 and runs until November 25.

Ms Kaiksow will display two works from her 2015 collection – Wandress and Kimono Vest.

‘Wandress’ includes ‘Shepherd’s Coat’ which is made from wool and denim and acts as a modified form of the Iranian shepherd’s coat from the turn of the 20th century.

The design also includes Islamic geometry and inspiration from a Cypriot shepherd’s water bag.

‘Momohiki Jumpsuit’, worn underneath the coat, was derived from the 19th century Japanese farmer trousers worn by men.

‘Kimono Vest’ was inspired by the simplicity of the Japanese kimono garment.

This year marks the fifth time the biennial prize has been awarded.

Past winners have included Afruz Amighi, Dice Kayek, Mohammad and Rachid Koraïchi.

Jurors for this year’s prize include V&A director Tristram Hunt, design historian Tanya Harrod, Cornell University professor Salah Hassan, Museum of Contemporary Art, Toronto programmes director November Paynter and Ghulam Mohammad, winner of the fourth Jameel Prize.

“The Jameel Prize continues to gain momentum,” said Mr Hunt in a statement.

“This year’s prize has attracted nearly 400 nominations from around the world, and for the first time, the shortlist features work from Bangladesh, Bahrain and Jordan.”

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