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Jameel Prize does the double (two winners scoop the prestigious award at the V&A)

Mehdi Moutashar, Deux plis à 120° (2012). (c) Mehdi Moutashar. Photograph by Jean-Luc Maby

Two lucky recipients bagged the Jameel Prize last night (27 June) at a high-profile ceremony at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, the first time the biennial award for contemporary artists and designers inspired by Islamic tradition has been given to joint winners. Guests including Dr Venetia Porter of the British Museum and Antonia Carver, the director of Art Jameel, saw the Iraqi artist Mehdi Moutashar and the Bangladeshi architect Marina Tabassum bag the prize (Moutashar received plaudits for four arresting works of minimalist abstraction rooted in Islamic geometry; Tabassum won the accolade for her visionary Bait ur Rouf mosque built in 2012 in Dhaka). Tristram Hunt, the chair of the judging panel, says in a statement: “The joint Jameel Prize 5 winners are both in dialogue with contemporary global discourses on art and have produced exemplary work in two very different disciplines.” Works by all eight of the shortlisted artists— including Kamrooz Aram, Hayv Kahraman, Hala Kaiksow, naqsh collective, Younes Rahmoun and Wardha Shabbir—are on show at the V&A (until 25 November).

Marina Tabassum, Prayer Hall, Bait ur Rouf Mosque, Dhaka, Bangladesh (2012) Photograph by Sandro de Carlo Darsa (c) MTA_ Sandro di Carlo Darsa