Marina Tabassum is one of the eight contemporary artists and designers to have made the shortlist for this year's Jameel Prize 5. The initiative is a collaboration between Jeddah-based Art Jameel and London's Victoria & Albert Museum, and honours contemporary art and design in various media inspired by Islamic tradition.
Dhaka-based Tabassum’s deeply organic architecture is a nod to traditional Bengali design. Among the highlights of her practice is the Bait ur Rouf Mosque Dhaka that she designed in a populous neighbourhood of the Bangladeshi capital in 2012.
The mosque is beautifully done in perforated terracotta brickwork, its walls and roof are dotted with daylight filters that allow natural light and air to fill the prayer hall of the mosque. With this clean and simple design, she reestablishes the idea that a mosque is not just a space for praying but also a community centre, evoking a sense of spirituality in the worshippers.
Other Jameel Prize 5 nominees are Kamrooz Aram, Hayv Kahraman, Hala Kaiksow, Mehdi Moutashar, Naqsh Collective, Younes Rahmoun and Wardha Shabbir. The winner of this year’s instalment will receive a £25,000 (Dhs130,000) prize, while works of all shorlisted artists will be showcased at an exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
The Jameel Prize 5 exhibition runs at the V&A from 28 June until 25 November 2018. Vam.ac.uk/exhibitions/jameel-prize-5