© Cycle 1 Moving Narratives Awardee Mark Teh, "Baling" (2016). Photo by Kazoumi Furuya

The Prince Claus Fund and British Council are pleased to announce the 12 Award recipients of Cycle 1 of the Mentorship Award: Moving Narratives!

Dominant discourses and one-sided worldviews influence the organisation of society, politics, and individual life. This can lead to the exclusion of diverse experiences and perspectives, denying space for critical voices and sustaining social inequalities. Creative practices can play a crucial role in challenging the status quo and recentring marginalised narratives. By working with nuanced perspectives that show social and political complexities, artists have the power to expand our understanding of the past and reimagine our visions of the future.

The Mentorship Award: Moving Narratives will bring together 12 mid-career artists and cultural practitioners from around the world in a year-long interdisciplinary programme with an aim to nurture critical methodologies and artistic strategies focused on re-examining histories and cultivating emancipatory imaginations. 

The cohort of Cycle 1 hails from 12 different countries and works across a kaleidoscope of disciplines, such as (fiction) writing, curatorial practices, performance art, visual arts, film, sound art, and archival research. The group will be guided by historian, educator and exhibition maker, Samia Henni; artist and writer, Haig Aivazian; journalist and chief editor of Kosovo 2.0, Besa Luci; and philosopher Rohit Goel

Applications are now open for Cycle 2 of the Moving Narratives mentorship. Find out more about the programme, application process and eligibility guidelines

Mentorship Award Recipient - Mark Teh

Mark Teh is a performance maker, researcher, and curator based in Malaysia. His diverse, collaborative projects take on documentary, speculative and generative forms, and address the issues and entanglements of history, memory, counter-cartography and the political. Mark’s practice is situated primarily in performance, but also operates via exhibitions, education, social interventions, writing, and curating. Recent projects include “Field Work: Performing Politics on the Padang”, on the transmission-adaptation of the colonial field in Malaysia; “A Notional History”,on the hauntology of history textbooks post-regime change; “Version 2020”,a response to the Malaysian state’s vision to be a ‘first world nation’ by 2020; and “Baling”, created from declassified transcripts of the failed peace talks in 1955, two years before Malayan independence. 

Mark is a member of Five Arts Centre, a collective of Malaysian artists, activists, and producers established in 1984 and committed to generating alternative art forms and images in the contemporary arts landscape. He graduated with an MA in Art and Politics from Goldsmiths, University of London.

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