Iranian Photographer Newsha Tavakolian Wins 2015 Principal Prince Claus Award

"Iranian photographer Newsha Tavakolian is the recipient of the 2015 Prince Claus Award, Art Asia Pacific reports. Worth €100,000, the prize is granted every year by the Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development to artists, thinkers and cultural organizations undertaking transformative work in the developing world. Born in 1981, Tavakolian is one of Iran’s pioneering female photojournalists working in Iran and the Middle East, who recently expanded her practice to create photobooks and installations, including The Great Game, now on view at the Iran Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale. Tavakolian said she plans on donating a large portion of her monetary prize to various charitable organisations, including €15,000 in support to Syrian and Iraqi refugees."

Netherlands – 

On 2 December 2015, HRH Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands will present the Principal Prince Claus Award to Iranian photographer Newsha Tavakolian. Newsha is one of the first professional female photojournalists in Iran, who combines photojournalism and art to offer new insights into the lived experience of people in Iran and the wider Middle East region.

The Prince Claus Fund honours 10 additional artists and cultural role models for their pioneering work in culture and development. The independent international members of the Prince Claus Awards Committee select the Prince Claus Laureates.

All 2015 Laureates will receive their Award at a ceremony held in the presence of members of the Dutch Royal Family at the Royal Palace Amsterdam on 2 December. The Prince Claus Fund Gallery in Amsterdamwill exhibit works by Principal Laureate Newsha Tavakolian 27 November 2015 – 4 March 2016.

For 19 years, the Prince Claus Fund has supported freedom of cultural expression worldwide. 

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