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Trobades Albert Camus Award 2018
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The Trobades Albert Camus Award was born after the celebration of the first Trobades Literàries Mediterrànies Albert Camus in the spring of 2017 to extend the promotion of Menorca as a meeting point and international point of reference for a culture that actively promotes peace and the Mediterranean.
This award serves as a connecting thread between the literary gathering and the recognition of an artist who is committed to defending Mediterranean culture, as Albert Camus did. Today his convictions and struggles have never been more necessary in helping us to understand the world that surrounds us. Thus, by awarding the prize to committed contemporary creators, we want Camusian thought to shine again.
In 2018, the jury has unanimously decided to grant the Trobades Albert Camus Award in this, its first edition, to Mona Hatoum, an artist born in Beirut to a Palestinian family and who has been living in the United Kingdom since 1975.
The international jury – comprising Moroccan writer Tahar Ben Jelloun; Juan Manuel Bonet, currently director of the Instituto Cervantes; professor of philosophy Victoria Camps; Josep Ramoneda, journalist and director of the European School of Humanities in Barcelona; and chair of the Society of Camusian studies Agnès Spiquel – unanimously selected Hatoum. Her artistic trajectory and life experience combined bring relevance to our reflection on contemporary Mediterranean societies.
Following the final deliberation, president of the jury Juan Manuel Bonet read out the result at a press conference held on 28 April 2018 in the cultural hall, Sala Polivalent Albert Camus.
“Starting from a fertile and daring imaginary, Mona Hatoum works with everyday matters, transforming and reinventing them in a universe that captivates and makes us ask questions. She is Mediterranean, and being Mediterranean is a way of being in the world. Displacement and exile weave the web of a wounded and demanding memory. Her work, framed within the minimalist tradition, goes beyond that, pushing towards untamed poetry. Albert Camus, the rebel, defined himself, above all, else as an artist».
The award ceremony took place on 1 June 2018 in the Albert Camus hall where the winner gave a presentation on their entire artistic career, from her first videos produced in the 80’s to their latest installations created in 2017.
The artist Mona Hatoum received the award, created by the Menorca-based artist Nuria Román,