The Jameel Prize 2011

“The Jameel Prize is the V&A’s £25,000 international art prize awarded to a contemporary artist or designer inspired by traditions of Islamic craft and design. This year, ten artists and designers were shortlisted and the exhibition features the winning works by Rachid Koraïchi, plus the shortlisted works ranging from felt costumes to sculpture made from hand-made terracotta bricks, and from mirror mosaic to digital collages inspired by traditional Persian miniature paintings.”

The Invisible Masters, R. Koraichi

“Rachid Koraïchi’s winning entry features embroidered cloth banners from a series entitled ‘Les Maitres invisibles’ (The Invisible Masters, 2008). The series is a long-term project dealing with the lives and legacies of the fourteen great mystics of Islam. Koraïchi cites great Muslim thinkers and poets like Rumi and El Arabi to show the sophistication and tolerance of Islamic ideology and how relevant it is today.”

http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/j/jameel-prize-2011-shortlist/

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