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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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Ousmane  Sow

Ousmane Sow

Ousmane Sow is a sculptor extraordinaire. He received his Prince Claus Award for his impressive sculptures of the human body, for his fresh perspective on the body that challenges the international world of figurative art, and for his positive influence on the younger generations of African artists. Sculptor extraordinaire of the human body, Ousmane Sow infuses his creations with potent life force...

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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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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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Visual Art Centre Doual'art

Visual Art Centre Doual'art

Doual'art is an independent, non-profit organisation that has revolutionised the art scene in Cameroon. Under the leadership of Marilyn Douala Bell and Didier Schaub (1952-2014), Espace Doual'art presents high quality exhibitions, artists' talks, debates and conferences. Its workshops and residency programmes attract artists from across the region and abroad. Doual'art provides opportunity to research,...

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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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