Ece and Ayse Ege have become the first fashion designers to be shortlisted for the Jameel Prize.
The ladies’ work will join that of nine other shortlisted artists and designers in an exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, UK from 11 December 2013 until 21 April 2014. The winner of the Jameel Prize 3 and £25,000 award will be announced at the V&A on 10 December 2013.
The Turkish minds behind designer label Dice Kayek, the pair are responsible for Istanbul Contrast (2010), a collection of 19 couture pieces which draws inspiration from Istanbul’s Islamic heritage in architecture, arts and crafts and its rich religious and cultural diversity.
The Jameel Prize Shortlisted Artists
- Faig Ahmed
- Nada Debs
- Mounir Fatmi
- Rahul Jain
- Dice Kayek
- Waqas Khan
- Laurent Mareschal
- Nasser Al Salem
- Florie Salnot
- Pascal Zoghbi
The Jameel Prize Judges
Award-winning architect Dame Zaha Hadid is Patron of the Jameel Prize. The judges are:
- Thomas Heatherwick, designer and founder of Heatherwick Studio
- Rashid Koraïchi, winner of the Jameel Prize 2011
- Martin Roth, V&A Director
- Nada Shabout, Associate Professor of Art History and the Director of the Contemporary Arab and Muslim Cultural Studies Institute (CAMCSI) at the University of North Texas, USA
- Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFarès, Founding Director of the Khatt Foundation, Centerfor Arabic Typography
The Jameel Prize is hosted by the V&A in partnership with Abdul Latif Jameel Community Initiatives. The prize was launched following the redesign and redisplay of the V&A’s Jameel Gallery of Islamic Art, which opened in July 2006. The V&A began to collect art from the Islamic world in the 1850s. The role of the Jameel Prize is to give such work a higher profile.
The Abdul Latif Jameel Group is the largest independent distributor of Toyota and Lexus vehicles in the world and has been in business since 1945. The Group is headquartered in Jeddah and Dubai and has Toyota and Daihatsu distributorships & dealerships in Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Morocco, Algeria, China, Egypt, Germany, Monaco, Japan and United Kingdom.
Group activities include consumer durables, real estate, media and financial services. ALJG employs over 14,000 people worldwide, through 700 branches and dealers.
Abdul Latif Jameel Community Initiatives was founded in 2003 and promotes individual, community and Arab life as a whole in Saudi Arabia and beyond. The initiatives highlight Arab arts and culture, work against unemployment, fund research into poverty alleviation, and provide education and training opportunities.