The Jameel Gallery of Islamic Art

Client: The Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

Scope: A series of eight films exploring Islamic art and culture.

The Jameel Gallery houses over 400 beautiful examples of Islamic art and craft, including ceramics, textiles, carpets, metalwork, glass and woodwork. The collections date from the great days of the Islamic caliphate of the 8th and 9th centuries to the years preceding the First World War. The area covered stretches from Spain in the west to Uzbekistan and Afghanistan in the east, taking in the great centres of artistic production in the Arab lands, Turkey and Iran.

We were commissioned by the V&A to make a series of films to provide a cultural context for the collection. The films, which were shot on location in Iran, Syria, Egypt, Turkey and Spain, are intended to introduce a non-muslim audience to the religious and cultural practices at the heart of Islam. Each focuses on a specific aspect of Islamic culture or Art; ‘Friday Prayers’, which can be seen below, introduces visitors to prayers at the Sultan Hasan Mosque in Cairo.