The prestigious Prince Claus fund has been supporting the freedom of cultural expression in developing countries for 17 years. Each year, the fund selects 11 dedicated and outstanding artists, and even organisations, whose work has had a significant impact on the development of arts and culture in their respective countries. This year, amongst the 11 names is Pakistani visual artist Naiza Khan from Bhawalpur, according to a press release.
Naiza’s work represents a deep analysis of the crucial paradoxes of Pakistani society, notably the social position of women in the country. She co-founded the Vasl Artists’ Collective, which is a vital hub for contemporary art in Pakistan.
Definitely lending another proud moment to the country, Naiza is the third Pakistani to have received the prestigious award, after architect Arif Hasan and theatre personality Madeeha Gohar. The award was announced on Thursday, September 6 in Amsterdam. However, each laureate will receive the award from the Dutch ambassadors in their country of origin.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 9th, 2013.