Cevdet Erek

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, Cevdet Erek talks about his works and his craftsmanship!


Erek’s experiments with sound, space and rhythm are represented by works from two series: Rulers and Rhythm Studies and Sound Ornamentation.

In the first, Erek converts the ruler into an instrument that measures time instead of space. The subtly changing black and white pattern of Ruler Day Night shows the passing of day and night, marked out by the times of the Muslim prayers.


Ruler 100 Years is a visual record of a century in which two major changes in Turkey. In 1926 the Islamic calendar was replaced by the Gregorian. In 1928, the script changed from Arabic to Latin.


For the series Sound Ornamentation, Erek’s aim is to give sonic form to repeated architectural decoration.

Erek was born in Istanbul, Turkey, where he lives and works.

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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