The Prince Claus Awards honour visionary individuals and organisations for their excellent, ground-breaking work in fields of culture and development. HRH Prince Constantijn will present the Awards during the ceremony at the Royal Palace, Amsterdam on 6 December.
These are the 2018 Prince Claus Laureate:
PRINCIPAL PRINCE CLAUS LAUREATE – Market Photo Workshop (South Africa; Training Institute & Cultural Platform)
Market Photo Workshop was established in the final years of apartheid to make visual literacy and the craft of photography available to all races. It mentors and supports artists in their career development and continues to instill ideals of socially committed photography. Among its many achievements are the creation of a strong local-regional network and a vast image archive of unique historical and social importance.
PRINCE CLAUS LAUREATE – Adong Judith (Uganda; Playwright, film & theatre-maker)
Adong Judith is a playwright, film and theatre-maker whose work raises public debate on contentious issues to provoke positive change. Her first play, Silent Voices reveals the terrors of the 20-year conflict with the Lord’s Resistance Army and challenges the peace-building process, asking difficult questions about amnesty and forgiveness and confronting people with their passivity and complicity. She is the first Ugandan to receive the Prince Claus Award.
PRINCE CLAUS LAUREATE – Marwa al-Sabouni (Syria; Architect)
Marwa al-Sabouni (Homs, Syria, 1981) is an architect and urban thinker who believes that architects have a duty to stimulate social cohesion. She and her husband run the Arabic Gate for Architectural news, the only online media outlet dedicated to architectural news in Arabic.
PRINCE CLAUS LAUREATE – Eka Kurniawan (West Java Indonesia; Author)
Eka Kurniawan is a writer who explores Indonesia’s complex recent history through fiction. His novels, short stories, essays, movie scripts and graphic novels, break through social barriers, reaching diverse audiences in an entertaining way with local stories that reveal terrible historical truths.
PRINCE CLAUS LAUREATE – Kidlat Tahimik (Philippines; Artist & Filmmaker)
Kidlat Tahimik (which means “silent lightning” in Tagalog), is an artist in many disciplines and a creative force in his community. He has designed and built two imaginative art centres using local craftsmen and found materials where local artists and craftspeople can exhibit their works. He generously gives his time mentoring young creatives and promoting independent creativity in workshops.
PRINCE CLAUS LAUREATE – O Menelick 2º Ato (Brazil; Independent Journalism, & Cultural Platform)
O Menelick 2º Ato – O Menelick Act 2 is an independent platform that makes Afro-Brazilian culture visible. Founded and directed by journalist and photographer Nabor Jr, it is the rebirth of the short-lived, first-ever black journal in Brazil, titled Menelick, launched by a poet in 1915. It is an avant-garde, non-profit, quarterly magazine published online and in print, distributed free through libraries and cultural events as well as in conflict areas of São Paulo. With its coverage of music, theatre, cinema, dance, fine arts, photography, fashion, literature, poetry and popular urban forms such as clowning and hip-hop, it introduces many individuals and collectives to a wider public.
2018 NEXT GENERATION LAUREATE
Dada Masilo, Next Generation Laureate – (South Africa; Dancer & Choreographer)
Dada Masilo is a dancer and choreographer who takes great aesthetic risks, reinventing classic stories so they speak to black identity and feminism, through an innovative dance language that intertwines African movement and rhythms with traditional ballet and contemporary dance genres.
Dada Masilo is the 2018 Next Generation Laureate. As part of the Fund’s focus on developing and supporting activities with and for young people (ages 15 – 35) the Prince Claus Fund introduces the Next Generation Award, which honours an outstanding creative initiative that contributes positively to the lives and possibilities of young people.