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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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Carlos Henríquez Consalvi

Carlos Henríquez Consalvi

Carlos Henríquez Consalvi is the founder and director of Museo de la Palabra y la Imagen (Museum for Word and Image), which is devoted to El Salvador’s cultural heritage. He is also a journalist and radio-maker. Consalvi received the Award as a tribute to his merits as a journalist, for creating space and freedom, and for his efforts to sustain collective memory and to emphasise its importance in...

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Uchechukwu James Iroha

Uchechukwu James Iroha

Uchechukwu James Iroha is amongst the leaders of a new generation of Nigerian photographers. He received his Award for his striking work, for his stimulation of photography as a contemporary art form in Nigeria and for his support of young artists. James Iroha Uchechukwu is the leading light of a new generation of Nigerian photographers. By fusing the documentation of everyday reality with the...

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Li  Xianting

Li Xianting

Curator and critic, Li Xianting is a pillar of contemporary Chinese art. He is being honoured for his lifelong dedication to the development of contemporary art in China, for his meticulous and analytical way of thinking in difficult circumstances, and for championing individuality and freedom of spirit. Curator and critic Li Xianting is a pillar of modern Chinese art. A mover and shaker at a turning...

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Ma Ke

Ma Ke

Chinese designer Ma Ke advocates the cultural and social aspects of clothes that envelope the human body. She received her Award for the superb craftsmanship and beauty of her work, for her attention to the complex interaction between clothing, culture and the body, and for stimulating an awareness of the social, cultural and environmental aspects of design and production. A bold voice in contemporary...

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Venerable Purevbat

Venerable Purevbat

Artist and teacher the Venerable Purevbat is the founder of the Zanabazar Mongolian Institute of Buddhist Art. He received his Prince Claus Award for the uncompromising authenticity of his methods and techniques, for revitalising an important, “non-modern” art form, for his dedication to future generations and for cherishing local identity through traditional art and culture. Venerable Purevbat...

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