Ghanaian Visual Artist Ibrahim Mahama has been announced as the recipient of the 2020 Principal Prince Claus Award.
The 2020 Prince Claus Laureates were announced on 2 December in an online ceremony. Prince Claus Awards honor individuals and organizations for their excellent, ground-breaking work in culture and development.
The other Prince Claus Laureates are Açık Radyo (Independent radio, Turkey), Diamantina Arcoiris (Fashion designer, Colombia), Fendika Cultural Centre (Music and cultural centre, Ethiopia), Tunakaimanu Fielakepa (Textile arts and cultural heritage expert, Tonga), and m7red (Architecture and activist network, Argentina). The Next Generation Prince Claus Laureate is Hira Nabi (Filmmaker, Pakistan).
Ibrahim Mahama in 2019 established the SCCA Tamale as a contribution towards transforming the contemporary art scene in Ghana. The SCCA-Tamale team intends, with its diverse programming and research interests, to spotlight significant moments in Ghanaian and international art in a communal space.
Since 1997, the Prince Claus Fund has presented Awards to individuals, groups, and organizations whose cultural actions have a positive impact on their societies, primarily in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Eastern Europe.
Ibrahim Mahama Joins the likes of Prof. J.H. Nketia (Laureate 1997), Tetteh Adzedu (Principal Award 1998), and El Anatsui (Laureate 2009) as previous Ghanaian Laureates of the Prince Claus Awards.
In an Twitter post Ibrahim Mahama wrote, “It is a great honor to be the recipient of the PRINCIPAL PRICE CLAUS AWARD for 2020. Its humbling to be receiving this award within the Times we live in. It proves that collaborations and most importantly support structures are very necessary for building new futures.”
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