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The Prince Claus Fund is connected to an expansive global network of artists, cultural organisations and critical thinkers.

 

When asked what the Fund's motto 'Culture is a Basic Need' means to them, we received the following responses from various project partners:

"Culture is intricately linked to social and political questions; like food, shelter, health and education, we have an absolutely essential need to make our individual cultural expressions seen and heard; culture thus is a question of our survival. Hence, it is our right to be able to make our own cultural expressions, without having to succumb to the powers of cultural hegemonies." – Bhowmik, Bangladesh and India

"It means that Culture makes people look at each other like humans and not like numbers, not like consumers, not like machine components."  – Shahnoza Karimbabaeva, Uzbekistan

"Culture is the only factor that is universal to all societies and it connects us as a universal language. It’s the secret element that connects us to great collective unconscious. I also believe that it is as essential to us as the other well-established basic physical needs."                – Shehzad Chowdhury, Bangladesh

"To me, culture is human. A strong, free, real human will create a strong, free, real culture."    – Nguyen Phuong Linh, Vietnam

"The human need to express is the root of creativity." – Karen Ocampo Flores, Philippines

"Culture is a basic need because as a shared experience a group of people, nation or civilization, it mirrors the memory, spirit, struggles and the aspirations of humanity."       – Liza Maza, the Philippines

"No society can function without culture. Hence, culture is a basic need, and practicing it should be a basic right."  – Yuki Poudyal, Nepal

 

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Defne Ayas

Defne Ayas

Defne Ayas is the Curator/Director of Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam since 2012, where she commissioned and organised long-term projects, group exhibitions and solo projects, including Kunsthalle for Music (2017-2018), Öğüt & Macuga by Ahmet Öğüt and Goshka Macuga (2017), The Ten Murders of Josephine by Rana Hamadeh (2017), The Music of Ramon Raquello...

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Solange Farkas

Solange Farkas

Solange Farkas is the curator and director of Associação Cultural Videobrasil. As a guest curator, Farkas served the 10th Sharjah Biennial (United Arab Emirates, 2011), the 16th Cerveira Biennial (Portugal, 2011), FUSO – Mostra Anual de Videoarte (Portugal, 2011, 2013 e 2017), and Dak’Art – Biennial of Contemporary African Art (Senegal, 2016). Among others, Farkas was...

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Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi

Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi

Hoor Al Qasimi, President and Director of the Sharjah Art Foundation, is a practicing artist who received her BFA from the Slade School of Fine Art, London (2002), a Diploma in Painting from the Royal Academy of Arts (2005) and an MA in Curating Contemporary Art from the Royal College of Art, London (2008). In 2003 she was appointed curator of Sharjah Biennial 6 and has continued as the Biennial’s...

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Dinh Q.  Lê

Dinh Q. Lê

Dinh Q. Lê is a visual artist. Born in Ha-Tien, Vietnam, he grew up during the American War and moved to the US aged 10 to escape the Khmer Rouge. He studied fine arts at the University of California, Santa Barbara (1984-89), and completed his MFA in Photography and Related Media at the School of Visual Arts in New York City (1990-92). Lê’s artistic practice explores contradictory...

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Neo Muyanga

Neo Muyanga

Neo Muyanga is a composer, musician and librettist. Born in Soweto, he studied the madrigal tradition with choral maestro Piero Poclen in Trieste, Italy. In the mid 1990s he co-founded (with Masauko Chipembere) the acoustic pop duo, blk sonshine, and in 2008, co-founded (with Ntone Edjabe) the Pan African Space Station, as a host of cutting-edge Pan African music and sound art on the internet. His...

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