Exhibition Opening on Saturday, 18 September 2021

Jameel Prize: Poetry to Politics

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  • Opening on Saturday, 18 September 2021

  • The Porter Gallery

  • Free

From graphic design to fashion, architecture to activism, this edition of the Prize will celebrate contemporary design inspired by Islamic tradition. The eight designers hail from India, Iran, Lebanon, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and the UK.

Exhibition Highlights

A mesh of wooden supports supporting black curved shapes that lie on top
Ye Harvest From the Eleven-Page Letter, by Golnar Adili, 2016. © Photograph by Golnar Adili
Woven textile hanging panel with a cream background and vibrant red, stitched design
Layt Allathi Bayni Wa Baynaka, by Hadeyeh Badri, 2018. © Photograph by Hadeyeh Badri
Model wearing a bright blue ruched shroud covering her entire head and body, except her feet
Shroud, by Kallol Datta, 2018. © Photograph by Keegan Crasto
Two white-framed prints with black symbols on a white background, propped against a white wall on the ground
Kufur typeface, by Farah Fayyad, 2018. © Farah Fayyad
Chicken wire mosque construction in a sandy landscape against a blue sky with red carpet and worshippers inside
Paradise Has Many Gates – Daytime, by Ajlan Gharem, 2015. © Photograph by Ajlan Gharem
Bright yellow striped square of packaging material with a central photo of standing men and women in Indian dress
Samosa Packet on the culture of dissent and protest in India. Designed and made by Sofia Karim using photographs by Harsha Vadlamani from his ‘Chalo Dilli’ series. Part of Sofia Karim’s Turbine Bagh project, 2019-ongoing. © Photograph by Sofia Karim
An open book with black Arabic text on a white page with abstract blue decorative elements
Kitab al-Hawamish (Book of Margins), by Jana Traboulsi, 2017. © Photograph by Peter Kelleher
Dress with large puff sleeves and very full skirt on a black background. Busy pattern on dress in brown, black and fawn
Untitled, by Bushra Waqas Khan, 2019. © Photograph by Rafay Anwer Creative Studio


Background image: Paradise Has Many Gates – Daytime, by Ajlan Gharem, 2015. © Photograph by Ajlan Gharem