Running its fourth cycle of the Imran Mir art prize, the Imran Mir Art Foundation announced the 2019 recipients of their highly prestigious honor to Noormah Jamal and Haider Ali Naqvi. This year’s entries are the largest entries the foundation has received till date. The jury for the 2019 award was composed of Natasha Ginwala, Murtaza Vali and Dr. Gemma Sharpe. Aziz Sohail served as the curatorial advisor.
Considering it was a fairly competitive run this year, the jurors decided to award the 2019 prize to both the artists who will be awarded with a cash prize of Rs.100,000 and will have an opportunity for a solo exhibition in 2020 with curatorial support in Karachi.
Haider Ali Naqvi is a Lahore/Karachi based artist. Graduating from the National College of Arts with a distinction while painting as a major was a massive feat in itself and since then his work has been massively picked up by all the major art galleries of Pakistan. Haider has also been a part of the Phillip’s collection workshop held at Alhamra in 2013 partnered by the US department of state and NCA Lahore.
Noormah Jamal is a Lahore/Peshawar based Visual Artist. Having graduated with honors from the National College of Arts in 2016 she already showed great promise. Noormah is a Pukhtoon originally from FATA and her work of having lived in different parts of Pakistan, reflects in her practice. Her work has also appeared in major magazines and publications while also showcasing in different art galleries all over the world.
Strapped with a significant amount of prize money and an opportunity to independently exhibit their work with curatorial support, Noormah and Haider have taken a massive leap towards expanding their art careers ahead. We wish them all the luck!