Two pillars Wardha Shabbir

Jameel Prize Nominations

The V&A has announced the shortlist for Jameel Prize 5, the international prize for contemporary artists and designers inspired by Islamic tradition. Eight finalists have been shortlisted for the £25,000 prize, which is awarded every two years. They are: Kamrooz Aram, Hayv Kahraman, Hala Kaiksow, Mehdi Moutashar, naqsh collective, Younes Rahmoun, Wardha Shabbir and Marina Tabassum.


Cover Image: Wardha Shabbir ‘s Two pillars (2017)


All images nominated can be found on the following link:



Jameel Prize 5 – Image captions

Marina Tabassum

Prayer Hall, Bait ur Rouf Mosque

Dhaka, Bangladesh (2012)

Photo: Sandro di Carlo Darsa

© MTA/Sandro di Carlo Darsa


Hala Kaiksow

Shepherd’s Coat and Momohiki Jumpsuitfrom the Wandress Collection (2015)

Wool and denim

Photo: © Sergio Miranda


Kamrooz Aram

Ephesian Fog (2016)

Multimedia installation

Photo courtesy of the artist and Green Art Gallery, Dubai


Hayv Kahraman

The Translator from the series How Iraqi Are You? (2015)

Oils on linen

Photo courtesy of Defares Collection


naqsh collective

(nisreen and nermeen abudail)

Shawl (2015), detail

Walnut wood, paint and brass

Images courtesy of naqsh collective

Photo: Nabil Qutteineh


Mehdi Moutashar

Deux carrés dont un encadré

[Two squares, one of them framed] (2017)

Wood, paint, elastic wire

Collection of the artist

Photo © Fabrice Leroux




Wardha Shabbir

Two pillars (2017)

Paper, opaque watercolour

Courtesy of the artist

Photo © Usman Javed


Younes Rahmoun

Tâqiya-Nôr [Hat-light] (2016)

Multimedia installation, here shown at the 57th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, Viva Arte Viva

Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Imane Farès


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