Lara Assouad

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.14

One of the eleven shortlisted artists and designers, Lara Assouad talks about her works and her craftsmanship!

Assouad’s typeface designs are based on historical letter forms. She strips away any ornament to reveal the underlying geometric structure. Her work also lays bare the harmonious proportions of the calligraphic styles of the past.

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For the children’s book Tabati (My Ball), she designed a typeface that had been simplified in this way and expressed it as wood blocks. The work was originally created to introduce children to the Arabic alphabet but is also used as a teaching aid for young designers.

The Modular Arabic Alphabet shows a further development of Assouad’s practice.

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Assouad was born in Montreal, Canada. She lives and works in Dubai, UAE.

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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