Fascinating discussion with Soody Sharifi on Tuesday evening, moderated by Curator of Contemporary Art, David Rubin. Sharifi is an Iranian-born, Houston-based artist, and her work is part of the exhibition The Jameel Prize: Art Inspired by Islamic Tradition, at the museum through August 11. Her magnificent digitally composed photographs were among the nearly 200 submissions competing for the coveted £25,000 prize awarded by an international panel of independent jurists and the Victoria & Albert Museum. The exhibition has been on tour internationally since 2011, and SAMA is the last of only 3 stops made in the US. This discussion covered not only the work featured in the exhibit, but her journey and exploration as an artist over the past 30 or more years.