Dutch Ambassador to host award ceremony for Prince Claus Laureate of 2016
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On 4 October, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands H.E. Mr. Laurens Westhoff will present the 2016 Prince Claus Award to Egyptian/Lebanese activist and artist Bahia Shaheb in Cairo.
The celebration will be held in the presence of Laurens Westhoff, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Egypt and Fariba Derakhshani, Programme Coordinator Awards from the Prince Claus Fund. The Prince Claus Award was presented to Bahia Shehab on 15 December 2016 in Amsterdam, in a ceremony at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam in the presence of members of the Dutch Royal Family and an international audience.
Bahia Shehab (1977, Beirut) combines Islamic art history with contemporary Arab politics and feminist discourse in her art, activism and academic work. She is awarded, according to the Prince Claus Awards Committee “for transforming her unique study of Arabic calligraphy into material for social and political activism, contemporary artworks and commercial use; for expanding knowledge of historical Arab visual culture and demonstrating it is a rich source for today’s avant-garde designers; for teaching, mentoring and being a transnational female role model for younger generations; for bridging divides between history and modernity, academia and the commercial world, the streets and the galleries, east and west, art and revolution. By tagging Cairo with calligraphy graffiti during the Arab Spring, creating artworks from reproduced ancient letters, and compiling the first Arabic script encyclopaedia, Shehab uses the past to shed new light on the present and inspires the next generation of academics and graphic designers.”
“Wasla” Poster Design Competition
In the framework of celebrating the Prince Claus Award to Bahia Shehab, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands will also announce the results of “Wasla” Poster Design Competition, in which Egyptian designers were invited through an open call to submit designs for posters reflecting their ideas for building bridges and connections, as well as the concept of communication in its broadest sense.