MENTORSHIP AWARDS Cultural & Artistic Responses to Environmental Change

By the Prince Claus Fund & Goethe-Institut

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The Prince Claus Fund and Goethe-Institut are pleased to announce the 12 recipients of the 2021 Mentorship Awards Cultural and Artistic Responses to Environmental Change. These individuals come from 11 countries across Latin America, Africa and Asia representing a range of artistic disciplines. Each of their practices addresses a different pressing environmental issue, often locally and personally rooted but speaking to the global challenges humanity is facing in the climate crisis. 

The group will be guided by five Mentors: the artist and environmental campaigner Ravi Agarwal; the founder and co-principal of INTERPRT Nabil Ahmed; scientist and gender diversity advocate Brigitte Baptiste and Etcétera Collective formed by Federico Zukerfeld & Loreto Garín Guzman. Our Mentors are all specialists working at the intersection of the arts and environmentalism, each bringing a distinct point of view on the theme. 

With the Mentorship Award, this group of 12 artists becomes part of a year-long interdisciplinary programme focusing on knowledge exchange, peer connections and collaboration. In the coming year each participant will develop a body of work, and as a group receive mentorship guidance. The programme is a think tank where Awardees can exchange ideas and collaborate discovering the similarities their artistic practices entail, sharing the same concerns and visions, even though they come from very different places, and jointly delve deeper into their practices.

Get to know the artists

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Anawana Haloba | Zambia

Haloba's works use poetry in the form of sketches, abstracted into performance-based works embodying an ongoing investigation into the positions of different communities within political, social, economic and cultural contexts.

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Asli Uludag | Turkey

Uludag's work investigates the history, materiality and spatio-temporal qualities of contemporary techno-scientific, architectural, and legal interventions to the environment, focusing on sustainable solutions.

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Gabriela Munguía | Mexico

In her work Munguía intertwines speculative thinking, southern epistemologies, terrestrial acupuncture and emerging technologies to address environmental justice issues of territories and their human and non-human communities.

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Ican Harem | Indonesia

Harem focuses on exploring the subculture phenomenon through different mediums such as music, fashion, and performance. He has created his own fashion movement called Harem, centered around sustainable experimentation.

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Isadora Romero | Ecuador

She is a photographer whose work focuses on human identities, gender, and environmental issues. Romero is the co-founder of Ruda Colectiva, a collective of Latin American women and nonbinary photographers.

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Jared Onyango | Kenya

Onyango uses performance and writing as the medium for investigating public spaces, human movement and human contacts with these spaces. He is the co-founder and chairperson of Tempo Arts Centre.

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Juan Pablo Garcia Sossa | Colombia

Sossa is a designer, researcher and artist. His own research explores how emerging technologies are remixed and (re)appropriated in tropical areas and develops alternative understandings and systems.

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Lara Tabet | Lebanon

Tabet is a practicing medical doctor and visual artist. Her work, informed by her background in pathology, contemplates the relationship between the individual and public/private space in connection to gender, sexuality, and identity.

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Morteza Soorani | Iran

Soorani is a visual artist working with photography, videos and installations. His practice addresses issues of climate change, water crisis and the relation between human beings and the environment.

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Nursalim Yadi Anugerah | Indonesia

Anugerah is a composer and multi-instrumentalist, who draws his inspiration from cosmology, sonology, and the culture of indigenous people from West Kalimantan (Borneo).

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Ruan Kun | China

Kun is a curator and writer. Her research within the field concerns new media art, especially crypto art and its relationship to art ecology – a subject she has published about extensively in several art journals.

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Sajan Mani | India

His work voices the intersectional issues of marginalized and oppressed peoples of India via the “Black Dalit body” of the artist. Mani’s performance practice insists upon embodied presence confronting pain, shame, fear, and power.