Presentation of the 2015 Prince Claus Awards

On 2 December, the 2015 Prince Claus Awards took place in the presence of the Dutch Royal Family at the Royal Palace Amsterdam.

Honorary Chairman of the Prince Claus Fund HRH Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands presented the Principal Prince Claus Award to Newsha Tavakolian and ten additional Prince Claus Awards to Latif Al-Ani, Amakhosi, Jelili Atiku, Jean-Pierre Bekolo, Etcetera , Perhat Khaliq, Ossama Mohammed, Oksana Shatalova, Fatos Lubonja, and Y’en a Marre in recognition of their work in the field of culture and development.

The Prince Claus Fund Gallery in Amsterdam will exhibit works by Principal Laureate Newsha Tavakolian 27 November 2015 – 4 March 2016. 

Who are our 2015 Prince Claus Laureates?

See below for more information on all of the 2015 laureates, including the report from the 2015 Prince Claus Awards Committee, press releases and speeches from the ceremony.

Presentation of the 2015 Prince Claus Awards

"2015 Principal Prince Claus Award goes to Newsha Tavakolian"

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2015 Prince Claus Awards Amakhosi

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2015 Prince Claus Awards Etcetera

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2015 Prince Claus Awards Fatos Lubonja

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2015 Prince Claus Awards Jean-Pierre Bekolo

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2015 Prince Claus Awards Jelili Atiku

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2015 Prince Claus Awards Latif Al-Ani

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2015 Prince Claus Awards Oksana Shatalova

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2015 Prince Claus Awards Ossama Mohammed

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2015 Prince Claus Awards Perhat Khaliq

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2015 Prince Claus Awards Y'en a marre

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2015 Prince Claus Awards Joumana El Zein Khoury

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2015 Prince Claus Awards Henk Propper

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2015 Prince Claus Awards Newsha Tavakolian

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2015 Prince Claus Awards Newsha Tavakolian

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2015 Prince Claus Awards Newsha Tavakolian

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2015 Prince Claus Awards Perhat Khaliq

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2015 Prince Claus Awards Djily Bagdad & Keyti

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2015 Prince Claus Awards Prince Constantijn

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2015 Prince Claus Awards Royal Palace

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2015 Prince Claus Awards

Newsha Tavakolian

Newsha Tavakolian

Newsha Tavakolian (1981, Iran), photojournalist and artist

Newsha Tavakolian is a self-taught photographer who combines photojournalism and art to offer new insights into the lived experience of people in Iran and the wider Middle East region. One of the first professional female photojournalists in Iran, her work ranges from bold reportage of political events to sensitive portraits and evocative series on subjects such as the insecurity of middle-class youth, female Kurdish fighters or the impact of sanctions on individual lives. The aesthetic and intellectual qualities of Tavakolian’s stills, videos, installations and photobooks question stereotypes and inspire young photographers across the Middle East.

 

Report from the 2015 Prince Claus Awards Committee here

 


Latif Al-Ani

Latif Al-Ani

Latif Al-Ani (1932, Iraq), photographer

Latif Al-Ani is a prolific photographer who has uniquely documented the vibrancy of life in the Middle East and created a vitally important memory bank for the people of Iraq. His dedicated and meticulous record of everyday life between the 1950s and the 1970s – prior to the devastation of the Gulf War – is a unique historical resource and a vivid testimony of the nation’s spirit, achievements and cultured ethos. 

 

 

Report from the 2015 Prince Claus Awards Committee here

Amakhosi  Theatre cultural organisation

Amakhosi Theatre cultural organisation

Amakhosi (1980, Zimbabwe), theatre and cultural organisation 

Amakhosi is a dynamic theatre group with an open, community-oriented approach. Based in a marginalised region, it empowers and uplifts it’s audiences through humorous and perceptive performances on crucial issues, and provides training, rehearsal space and opportunities in theatre, dance, music, film and arts management. 

 

 

Report from the 2015 Prince Claus Awards Committee here

Jelili  Atiku

Jelili Atiku

Jelili Atiku (1968, Nigeria), performance artist

A pioneer of contemporary performance art in Nigeria, Jelili Atiku has developed an innovative fusion of Yoruba and international performance practices. Taking to the streets of Lagos or taking over specific sites with his striking costumes and dynamic presentations, he provokes community dialogue and debate on local, national and global issues.

 

 

Report from the 2015 Prince Claus Awards Committee here

Jean-Pierre Bekolo

Jean-Pierre Bekolo

Jean-Pierre Bekolo (1966, Cameroon) filmmaker

Jean-Pierre Bekolo’s genre-bending films are upending cinematic conventions. His oeuvre ranges from sci-fi erotic thrillers and razor-sharp political satire to insightful documentaries on African cultural icons. Through dramatic aesthetics and deep socio-political content, his films offer fresh perspectives on Africa and African philosophies.

 

Report from the 2015 Prince Claus Awards Committee here

 

 

Photo (c) Remy Artiges

Etcetera  public-art collective

Etcetera public-art collective

Etcetera (1997, Argentina/Chile), public-art collective 

Etcetera takes performance art to the streets, using cutting humour, confusion and surprise to challenge Latin American and global politics, addressing topics like the War on Terror, torture and financial crises. The group’s unconventional actions in public spaces stimulate audience participation and mobilise individuals and communities.

 

Report from the 2015 Prince Claus Awards Committee here

Perhat  Khaliq

Perhat Khaliq

Perhat Khaliq (1982, China), musician and singer-songwriter

Perhat Khaliq is a self-taught musician and charismatic performer whose combination of traditional Uyghur music and contemporary rock and blues have catapulted him to stardom in China. His rich voice and poetic lyrics are making minority culture accessible to millions, while also conserving and expanding a unique cultural heritage. 

 

 

Report from the 2015 Prince Claus Awards Committee here

Fatos  Lubonja

Fatos Lubonja

Fatos Lubonja (1951, Albania), writer, editor & public intellectual

Independent and consistently objective in his analysis, Fatos Lubonja is a leading critical voice in his country. His writings offer lucid exposés of events in Albania’s recent history. A regular contributor to newspapers and television commentary, and editor and publisher of a critical journal, he tackles sensitive issues and fearlessly speaks truth to power. 

 

 

Report from the 2015 Prince Claus Awards Committee here

Ossama Mohammed

Ossama Mohammed

Ossama Mohammed (1954, Syria), filmmaker

Ossama Mohammed’s bold films examine power, conflict and humanity. He has played a central role in Syria’s film and film production scene for several decades. Through diverse, innovative methods, from dramatic satire to, reflections from exile and street recordings, he creates unflinching, profound and poetic insights into the Syrian context. 

 

 

Report from the 2015 Prince Claus Awards Committee here

Oksana  Shatalova

Oksana Shatalova

Oksana Shatalova (1972, Kazakhstan), visual artist, critic and curator

Oksana Shatalova is a key figure in advancing the visual arts in Central Asia. Committed to cultural development, her writings, as well as her teaching and mentoring of young artists and mounting of cutting-edge exhibitions open new avenues for discourse and creativity. Shatalova’s artworks provide critical feminist perspectives and witty social commentary on life in Central Asia.

 

 

Report from the 2015 Prince Claus Awards Committee here

Y’en a Marre

Y’en a Marre

Y’en a Marre (2011, Senegal), collective of hip-hop musicians and journalists

This lively group of young rappers and writers known as Y’en a Marre (“Fed Up”) motivates peaceful social change. The group’s efforts to mobilize the youth vote brought 300,000 new voters to Senegal’s historic 2012 elections. Its rap songs on democracy and civil rights reach a wide audience through community concerts, radio, mobile phone and the internet, stimulating civic responsibility and inspiring community action in Senegal and in the region.

 

 

Report from the 2015 Prince Claus Awards Committee here

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2015 Prince Claus Awards Committee Report pdf - 0.1 MB

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Compte rendu du Comité des Prix Prince Claus 2015 pdf - 0.13 MB

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Informe del Comité de Premios Príncipe Claus 2015 pdf - 0.13 MB

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Rapport Prins Claus Prijzen Commissie 2015 pdf - 0.15 MB

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2015 Prince Claus Awards Press Release pdf - 0.08 MB

Press Release

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Comunicado de Prensa Premio Principal Príncipe Claus pdf - 0.08 MB

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Communiqué de presse Le Grand Prix Prince Claus 2015 pdf - 0.09 MB

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Persbericht Prins Claus Prijzen 2015 pdf - 0.1 MB

Presentation of the 2015 Prince Claus Awards

 
 
 
 

Presentation of the 2015 Prince Claus Awards

On 2 December, the 2015 Prince Claus Awards took place in the presence of the Dutch Royal Family at the Royal Palace Amsterdam. Honorary Chairman of the Prince Claus Fund HRH Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands presented the Principal Prince Claus Award to Newsha Tavakolian and ten additional Prince Claus Awards to Latif Al-Ani, Amakhosi, Jelili Atiku, Jean-Pierre Bekolo, Etcetera , Perhat Khaliq,...