Lucia Koch

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, Lucia Koch talks about her works and her craftsmanship!

Muslim rulers governed parts of Portugal until 1249. The country inherited many Islamic traditions, including the use of patterned window screens to deflect light and heat. This architectural feature was brought to Brazil by Portuguese settlers after 1500.

Inspired by these window screens, Koch covered the façades of buildings, skylights and windows with patterned filters in contemporary materials. Her series Construction Materials shows sheets of Plexiglas with cut-out designs framed in sliding panels. The overlapping panels multiply the effect of the patterns and affect what can be seen through them.

The two works on display are formed from material used in temporary architectural interventions in Istanbul (2003), Tokyo (2008) and Sharjah (2013).

Koch was born in Porto, Brazil. She now lives and works in São Paulo.


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! Gallery wall paint sponsor of Jameel Prize 4 is Jotun.

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