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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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Mechtild  van den Hombergh

Mechtild van den Hombergh

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Angus Mol

Angus Mol

Angus Mol

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Loreto  Garin Guzman

Loreto Garin Guzman

Loreto Garin Guzman is a feminist visual artist and free thinker. She is the president of CRIA and is co-founder of Etcetera Group and of the International Errorist movement. It coordinates de-educational program: "Erasmus Mundus".

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CRIA Creating Independent and Artistic Networks

CRIA Creating Independent and Artistic Networks

Creating Independent and Artistic Networks (CRIA) is a transdisciplinary nonprofit association, based in Buenos Aires. Composed of individuals, groups and cultural spaces, whose purpose is to promote projects aimed at transforming society. The associative work is based on the building of platforms that are organized into networks, to enrich the research, knowledge and practical experimentation in various...

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Vasyl Cherepanyn

Vasyl Cherepanyn

Vasyl Cherepanyn (1980, Ukraine) is Head of the Visual Culture Research Center (VCRC, Kyiv) and an editor of the Political Critique magazine (Ukrainian edition). He works as a lecturer at the Cultural Studies Department of the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy and holds a Ph.D. in philosophy (aesthetics). Also he worked as a guest lecturer at European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder),...

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