Friday, 10 December 2010

Contemporary Practices

ʻLe Salonʼ for the Jameel Prize, Sakip Sabanci Museum in Istanbul, Turkey

11.Nov.2010 - 09.Jan.2011
“The Jameel Prize 2009” exhibition of Victoria & Albert Museum in London, organised by Sabancı University Sakıp Sabancı Museum (SSM), opens its doors on November 12, 2010. The Prize, which is given to contemporary artists and designers who are inspired by the Islamic art and culture, aims to raise awareness of the thriving interaction between contemporary practice and the rich artistic heritage of Islam, and to contribute to a broader debate about Islamic culture. The inaugural prize was won by New York-based Iranian-born artist Afruz Amighi for her submission, 1001 Pages (2008), and will be shown alongside works by the 8 shortlisted artists and designers. The Jameel Prize 2009, which is an exhibition of contemporary art and design inspired by Islamic tradition, can be seen until January 9, 2011.

Africa See you See Me,

From 1 October to 19 December 2010.

Curator : Professor Awam Amkpa New York University

The exhibition, sponsored by Africa.Cont , explores the experience of African immigrants in Europe and offers new perspectives and frameworks of analysis in relation to its presence in Europe.

Through photography, the exhibition presents several stories of African migrants since its uncertain voyage from Africa to Europe, to multiple forms of engagement and building community ties in Europe.

With nearly 100 works that focus on communities in Italy, France and Spain, the exhibition will also give particular importance to some examples in Portugal, where the curator has established contacts with several photographers and associations working in geographical areas marked by the African presence.