Ghulam Mohammad

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. Winner of the Jameel Prize 4, Ghulam Mohammad talks about his works and his craftsmanship!

The scale of Mohammad’s work, and the way it is framed by a page, reflect his training in Islamic miniature painting. He breaks the conventions of this two-dimensional medium by using the same materials to create a three-dimensional art form. He cuts out words in Arabic script and recomposes them as an intricate paper collage.

Mohammad is concerned with language. How do its structures limit meaning as well as communicating it? How is language linked to our identities? How are these fractured when we cannot use our native tongue? His work grapples with these questions and gives language sculptural form.

Mohammad was born in Karachi, Pakistan. He now lives and works in Lahore, Pakistan.

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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