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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Nydia Gutierrez

Nydia Gutierrez

The Museo de Antioquia was established in 1881. It is located in the center of Medellín, one of the most conflictual cities in the world, and in a country that has long been affected with armed conflict and tremendous deficits in its development model. In its 120 years of existence, the Museum has developed an extensive art collection that focuses on Colombian history (from pre-Colombian to...

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Consuelo  Bassanesi

Consuelo Bassanesi

Consuelo Bassanesi was born in Brazil, but she lived in London for nearly a decade where she was involved in several art initiatives such as a pop up gallery project that used unusual and derelict buildings as exhibition spaces (Galeria Progresso). Since January 2013 she has been co-director of Largo das Artes, an independent arts centre with studios, gallery, courses and a residency programme. In...

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Dolgor  Ser-Od

Dolgor Ser-Od

Dolgor Ser-Od studied fine art and traditional Mongolian painting at the Fine Art University in Ulaanbaatar and currently lives in Berlin and Ulaanbaatar. She has exhibited internationally in Mongolia, China, Korea, Germany, France and Finland. She was cofounder of the Biennial Land Art Mongolia (LAM 360°) and she serves as director of the NGO MNG360°, whose main activity is the organisation...

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Marc  Schmitz

Marc Schmitz

Marc Schmitz studied Philosophy and Fine Art at the Universities of Hannover, Munich and Berlin. He currently works as visual artist based in Berlin and Ulaanbaatar.His pieces have been exhibited internationally at multiple institutions and awarded several times. In 2010 he founded the Biennial Land Art Mongolia (LAM 360°), where he now serves as artistic director.  Through the Mongolian organisation...

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Jama Musse Jama

Jama Musse Jama

Jama Musse Jama is the founder of the Redsea Online Cultural Foundation. The Redsea Online Cultural Foundation, (RCF) is an organisation based in Somaliland[1] that aims to promote reading and creative writing in Somali-speaking society with a particular focus on youth. The organisation gives young people access to world culture by translating internationally renowned classical literature into the...

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