Aisha Khalid wins the Jameel Prize – The People’s Choice
Aisha Khalid has won the Jameel Prize – The People’s Choice, hosted by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Khalid was represented by two works, Kashmiri Shawl (2011) andName, Class, Subject (2009). Kashmiri Shawl was commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation and featured in Sharjah Biennial 10.
The work comprises a giant pashmina scarf heavily worked with golden pins to produce an intricate paisley design. On one side the viewer is met with seeming luxury, while on the other side the protruding sharp tips of the pins juxtapose the beauty with pain, which, for Khalid, symbolises the plight of the Kashmiri people.
The Jameel Prize is an international award for contemporary art and design inspired by Islamic tradition. This year ten artists were shortlisted, with Rachid Koraïchi winning the headline prize and £25,000.
To view further images of Aisha Khalid’s Kashmiri Shawl follow the link to our archive. To view all the work of the shortlisted artists: www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/j/jameel-prize-2011-shortlist/