Bahia Shehab receives Prince Claus Award in Cairo

On 4 October, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands HE Mr Laurens Westhoff presented the 2016 Prince Claus Award to activist and artist Bahia Shehab in Cairo. The ceremony was hosted by the Dutch Embassy in Egypt.

Bahia Shehab (1977, Beirut)combines Islamic art history with contemporary Arab politics and feminist discourse in her art, activism and academic work. By tagging Cairo with calligraphy graffiti during the Arab Spring, creating artworks from reproduced ancient letters, and compiling the first Arabic script encyclopaedia, Shehab uses the past to shed new light on the present and inspires the next generation of academics and graphic designers. 

During the ceremony in Cairo, the Prince Claus Fund’s Awards Programme Coordinator Fariba Derakhshani spoke about the Prince Claus Fund’s mission to support, connect and share the work of visionaries who have a positive social impact. She thanked Bahia and all other Prince Claus laureates for their “commitment to documenting and developing contemporary culture in Egypt.”

In the framework of celebrating Bahia Shehab’s Prince Claus Award, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands also announced the results of “Wasla” Poster Design Competition, in which Egyptian designers were invited through an open call to submit designs for posters reflecting their ideas for building bridges and connections.

For photos of the celebration in Cairo, please see below.

Bahia Shehab receives Prince Claus Award in Cairo

"our mission is to support and connect the work of visionaries."

Fariba Derakshani, Awards Programme Coordinator

Bahia Shehab

Bahia Shehab

Bahia Shehab (1977, Egypt/Lebanon), graphic designer, artist, educator

Bahia Shehab combines Islamic art history with contemporary Arab politics and feminist discourse in her art, activism and academic work. By tagging Cairo with calligraphy graffiti during the Arab Spring, creating artworks from reproduced ancient letters, and compiling the first Arabic script encyclopaedia, Shehab uses the past to shed new light on the present and inspires the next generation of academics and graphic designers. 

Find the report from the 2016 Prince Claus Awards Committee here

To watch the Awards film about the work of Bahia Shehab please click here

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Speech by Awards Programme Coordinator Fariba Derakhshani on the occasion of the presentation of the 2016 Prince Claus Award to Bahia Shehab in Cairo on 4 October 2017.

Bahia Shehab receives Prince Claus Award in Cairo

On 4 October, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands HE Mr Laurens Westhoff presented the 2016 Prince Claus Award to activist and artist Bahia Shehab in Cairo. The ceremony was hosted by the Dutch Embassy in Egypt. Bahia Shehab (1977, Beirut)combines Islamic art history with contemporary Arab politics and feminist discourse in her art, activism and academic work. By tagging Cairo with calligraphy...

 
 
 
 

Bahia Shehab receives Prince Claus Award in Cairo

On 4 October, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands HE Mr Laurens Westhoff presented the 2016 Prince Claus Award to activist and artist Bahia Shehab in Cairo. The ceremony was hosted by the Dutch Embassy in Egypt. Bahia Shehab (1977, Beirut)combines Islamic art history with contemporary Arab politics and feminist discourse in her art, activism and academic work. By tagging Cairo with calligraphy...