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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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Kanak  Mani Dixit

Kanak Mani Dixit

Writer and activist, Kanak Mani Dixit is a catalyst for cultural development that transcends national boundaries in South Asia. He is the founding editor (1987 to the present) of Himal Southasian, a high quality, independent, monthly journal that offers informed critical commentary on social and cultural issues. He also founded the Film South Asia (FSA), a documentary festival. This first Prince Claus...

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Liang  Shaoji

Liang Shaoji

Conceptual artist Liang Shaoji creates unique meditations on nature and human existence. Drawn to raw silk, he began to breed silkworms and incorporates them in artworks by setting them to spin their thread around objects. Resisting the rampant commercialisation of modern Chinese art, Liang explores aspects of life and human qualities that influence social and cultural development. Liang Shaoji...

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Jivya  Soma Mashe

Jivya Soma Mashe

Jivya Soma Mashe has transformed the ritual art of the Warli people into a relevant contemporary expression that elaborates their original vision on the rapport between nature and culture. The Warli philosophy embodied in Mashe's paintings emphasises the interconnectedness of human beings and nature. Jivya Soma Mashe is honoured for his creative reinvention of an art vocabulary that was disappearing,...

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Santu  Mofokeng

Santu Mofokeng

Santu Mofokeng is a highly perceptive and significant photographer. From a brief stint as a teenage street photographer, jobs as darkroom assistant and newspaper photographer, to work with the Afrapix Collective documenting the anti-apartheid struggle, Mofokeng's trajectory offered vital lessons about the power of representation. Santu Mofokeng is honoured for the outstanding quality and content...

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Desiderio  Navarro

Desiderio Navarro

Cultural activist extraordinaire, Desiderio Navarro is esteemed as a thinker, writer, editor, translator and cultural organiser who has dedicated a lifetime to the stimulation and development of intellectual thought and analysis. For 37 years he has edited and produced one of the world's outstanding journals, Criterios. Criterios collects important critical essays on aesthetics and the theories...

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