Bahia Shehab

Jameel Prize 4 exhibition in Istanbul organised by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London in partnership with Art Jameel, and in collaboration with the Pera Museum is between 8 June 2016 and 14 August 2016. Over 280 nominations for the Jameel Prize 4 were received from countries as far ranging as Afghanistan, Mali, Puerto Rico and Thailand. A panel of judges, chaired by V&A Director, Martin Roth, selected the shortlist. Works on show range from delicate paper collages to an animated video installation with marionettes and from ceramics, calligraphy and sculpture to artist’s books. 

One of the eleven shortlisted artists and designers, Bahia Shehab talks about her works and her craftsmanship!

 

During the Egyptian uprising of 2011–2013 she sprayed the word la  – “No” in Arabic – in different forms on the walls of the city.

The word la is written using the Arabic letters lam and alif. These merge into a special graphic form, known in printer’s terminology as a digraph. Shehab has researched the forms that la has taken over the past 1400 years and documented them in an artist’s book.

Many of these forms are integrated into Shehab’s work  A Thousand Times No. The name reflects an Arabic expression, “No, and a thousand times no.”

Shehab was born in Beirut, Lebanon . She lives and works in Cairo, Egypt.

The Jameel Prize 4 exhibition in Istanbul is organised by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, in partnership with Art Jameel, and in collaboration with the Pera Museum. Please click here for more info about the exhibition!

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