Source: World Economic Forum
Every year at Davos, the Crystal Awards celebrate artists who not only excel in their art, but also help to improve the world around them. This year, the awards recognized three exceptional cultural leaders: the Academy Award-winning actor and humanitarian Matt Damon; the opera tenor Juan Diego Florez; and artist and filmmaker Shirin Neshat.
Shirin Neshat I Receiving a Crystal Award at the World Economic Forum
At a time of complex global challenges, it has never been more important to re-engage with our roots, traditions and cultures. All the artists we honour today have used their creativity to push limits and show us new ways for living our professional and personal lives.
Matt Damon, a passionate campaigner on the impact of the global water and sanitation crisis, co-founded Water.org. He said: “For me, ensuring that every human being has access to safe water and the dignity of a toilet - two incredibly basic and inextricably linked requirements for survival - is one of the most urgent and pressing causes in the world today. The good news is that there are solutions that work. I’m convinced that we can overcome the global water crisis in our lifetime.”
Juan Diego Florez, who founded Sinfonia por el Peru, which runs orchestras and choirs to help vulnerable young people, said that music is a powerful vehicle for change: “Sinfonia por el Peru reminds me every day of how music has changed not only my life, but also the lives of thousands of children, offering them a new future full of hope.”
Noted for her work in the fields of gender, power and displacement, Shirin Neshat said: “My art has stemmed from a desire to bridge deeply personal issues together with critical social, political, historical issues that concern the world that I inhabit.”
NDTV's Interview with Shirin Neshat at WEF 2014
Shirin Neshat's Biography: Artist and filmmaker living in New York. Has held numerous solo exhibitions at galleries and museum internationally. Directed first feature-length film, Women Without Men, which received the Silver Lion Award, Best Director at the 66th Venice International Film Festival (2009). Represented by Gladstone Gallery, New York City.
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