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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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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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Jeanguy Saintus

Jeanguy Saintus

Visionary choreographer, dancer and teacher Jeanguy Saintus is the co-founder of the Ayikodans dance company. Saintus received his Prince Claus Award for his exciting, contemporary work that links the spiritual with the physical and focuses on the human body, and for stimulating dance, young talent and a sense of pride in the strength, beauty and richness of Haitian identity. Visionary choreographer,...

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Dayanita Singh

Dayanita Singh

The Indian photographer Dayanita Singh was honoured for the high quality of her photographs, for her complex but clear view of modern life in India and for introducing a new aesthetic into Indian photography. Dayanita Singh is a master photographer who offers an acute vision of contemporary Indian realities that have been hidden or ignored. Early projects centred on the experience of women in various...

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Indira  Goswami

Indira Goswami

The Prince Claus Awards Committee regards Indira Goswami as an outstanding writer, who reveals how ordinary people experience reality. Her powerful and lively descriptions and memorable images show how the body is central to human affairs, how political, religious and cultural systems affect the body and how the body determines life processes, gender, age, poverty and conflict. Indira Goswami is...

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