2012 Prince Claus Principal Award

The Prince Claus Fund’s 2012 Principal Award has been granted to Eloísa Cartonera. This Argentinian non-profit publishing house creates handmade books of outstanding aesthetic and literary quality from waste material.

Ten other artists, thinkers, filmmakers and organisations from countries that include Syria, Burma and Somaliland/Somalia are also being honoured for their dedication to culture and development. On 12 December, HRH Prince Constantijn will present the Principal Award at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam.  

Eloísa Cartonera
Eloísa Cartonera (established in 2003, Buenos Aires) is a graphic arts and publishing co-operative of handmade books made of recycled materials. The materials are collected by cartoneros, or ‘cardboard people’, unemployed who tried to survive after Argentina’s political and economic collapse in 2001.

Drawn to Eloísa’s social solidarity, both established and emerging Latin American writers, donate short stories, novels, and other forms of literature. The collective, small-scale method produces books that are much cheaper than conventional paperbacks. It provides income and cultural benefit to many at all levels of Argentinean society: readers, rubbish collectors, authors and artists.

Eloísa Cartonera transformed ‘the book’ from an unattainable object into a widely accessible source of pleasure, knowledge and self development. The relevance and impact of the cartonera model even transcends borders. More than 60 independent cartonera publishers are currently operating in countries across Latin America and one has started in Mozambique. Also, now that the current economic crisis has hit Argentina again, their message is even more urgent. 

2012 Prince Claus Principal Award

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Ten 2012 Prince Claus Awards

Sami Ben Gharbia, Tunisia

Sami Ben Gharbia (1967, Tunis) is an innovative cyber-activist who works mainly through social media. He is the co-founder of the popular web portal Nawaat.org, a Tunisian blog collective on news and politics that played an important role in the Tunisian revolution. He is dedicated to the freedom of information: essential for both culture and development.

Habiba Djahnine, Algeria

Habiba Djahnine (1968, Béjaia) is a respected writer and filmmaker whose main focus is documentary cinema directed to an accurate portrayal of Algerian realities. Returned to her country to transmit her knowledge and skills, Djahnine is an educator, mentor and a dynamic force in the Algerian cultural scene. 

Yassin al Haj Saleh, Syria

Yassin al Haj Saleh (1961, Raqqa) is a writer, public intellectual and voice of reasoned analysis in the midst of the current Syrian crisis. He provides crucial insight on a wide range of political, social, and cultural subjects relating to Syria, the Arab world and their international geo-political relations. 

Widad Kawar, Jordan

The passion and commitment of collector Widad Kawar (1931, Tulkarem) rescued and preserved important cultural heritage that otherwise would have been lost forever. Her superb collection consists of more than 2,000 examples of the textile artistry of Palestinian, Jordanian, Syrian, Bedouin and other Arab cultures. 

Teresa Margolles, Mexico

Teresa Margolles (1963, Culiacán, Sinaloa) is a radical and challenging visual artist who examines the social causes and consequences of death through powerful artworks. 

Boniface Mwangi, Kenya

Boniface Mwangi (1983, Taveta) is a self-taught photojournalist and exemplary photo-activist, determined to reduce violence and build peace through culture. 

Phare Ponleu Selpak, Cambodia

The active Phare Ponleu Selpak (1994, Battambang) is a far-reaching cultural organisation that empowers youth and successfully integrates local traditions with new ideas to uplift, support and enrich post-conflict Cambodia and the Khmer culture. 

Ian Randle, Jamaica

The pioneering Ian Randle (1949, Hanover) transformed the knowledge production and circulation in the Caribbean through his first local independent publishing house. 

Maung Thura, alias Zarganar, Burma

The charismatic performer, comedian and social activist Maung Thura (Yangon, 1961), stage name Zarganar (‘tweezers’), uses humour as a potent weapon in the struggle against tyranny and injustice. He revitalised the unique tradition of anyeint, bringing laughter, solidarity and hope to Burma whilst at the same time nurtured a new generation of cultural activists.

Maxamed Ibraahim Warsame, alias Hadraawi, Somaliland/Somalia

The profound and beautiful poems of Maxamed Ibraahim Warsame (1943, Togdheer) enrich the centuries-old Somali poetry tradition, build bridges and promote peace. 

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Prince Claus Awards

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The Prince Claus Awards honour outstanding achievements in the field of culture and development. The awards are presented annually to 11 individuals or organisations whose cultural actions have a positive impact on the development of their societies.

2012 Prince Claus Principal Award

The Prince Claus Fund’s 2012 Principal Award has been granted to Eloísa Cartonera. This Argentinian non-profit publishing house creates handmade books of outstanding aesthetic and literary quality from waste material. Ten other artists, thinkers, filmmakers and organisations from countries that include Syria, Burma and Somaliland/Somalia are also being honoured for their dedication to...

 
 
 
 

2012 Prince Claus Principal Award

The Prince Claus Fund’s 2012 Principal Award has been granted to Eloísa Cartonera. This Argentinian non-profit publishing house creates handmade books of outstanding aesthetic and literary quality from waste material. Ten other artists, thinkers, filmmakers and organisations from countries that include Syria, Burma and Somaliland/Somalia are also being honoured for their dedication to...