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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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Khadija Al-Salami

Khadija Al-Salami

Khadija Al-Salami (1966, Sana’a, Yemen) is a documentary filmmaker and activist for women’s rights in Yemen. Her films have depicted the prejudice and abuse faced by Yemeni women and the injustice of forced childhood marriage. Al-Salami trains local technicians and uses local people as actors.  Although the ongoing conflict and conservative religious pressures in Yemen...

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Ma Jun

Ma Jun

Ma Jun (1968, Beijing, China) is a new media designer and environmentalist who is empowering citizens to take action against industrial pollution. In 2006, he set up the non-profit Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs (IPE) which collects and analyses official data on pollution, making it understandable and available to the general public. Ma Jun and IPE have developed an...

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Vincent Carelli

Vincent Carelli

Vincent Carelli (1953 b. Paris, moved age 5 to Sao Paulo, Brazil) is a documentary filmmaker and activist for indigenous rights who has brought video making to indigenous communities. In 1986 he founded a collaborative production centre, Video in the Villages (Vídeo nas Aldeias). VNA supplies indigenous schools with videos in their own languages and has created an exchange network...

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Vo Trong  Nghia

Vo Trong Nghia

Vo Trong Nghia (1976, Vietnam), architect Vo Trong Nghia is an architect who is putting sustainable architecture on the map by combining local materials and traditional skills with 21st century design.  With a focus on green spaces, his designs range from major urban structures to durable but inexpensive housing for remote communities....

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La Silla  Vacía

La Silla Vacía

La Silla Vacía [The Empty Chair] (LSV) (2009, Colombia), interactive online portal La Silla Vacía is an interactive online portal for news and stories that examine the way power is exercised in Colombia. LSV does investigative reporting on subjects others will not touch, setting high standards for Latin American journalism....

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