The Jameel Prize is awarded to artist Rachid Koraïchi. We discuss the history and aims of the Jameel prize with one of its curators Salma Tuqan, and the winning work with Koraïchi himself (via a translator).
Sufi-born Koraïchi is influenced by an interest in life’s signs – real and imaginary, and his work contains glyphs and ciphers drawn from other cultures, mainly Arabic calligraphic scripts. Koraïchi’s sculptures and installations explore a wide range of media such as ceramics, textiles, various metals and paint on silk, paper and canvas. His winning works were large cloth hangings, hung around the Jameel Gallery inside the V&A museum, where this interview took place.