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Khattar Shaheen, who graduated in Illustrated & Animated Storytelling has been awarded the Lucasprijs 2023 and receives a cash prize of €2,500. The municipality of ‘s Hertogenbosch makes this prize available every year for the best work of the graduates of St. Joost ‘s-Hertogenbosch. Khattar won with his project: Dreams of Yesterday.

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The jury said:
The jury praised Khattar for his work that is socially urgent and timeless at the same time. An excerpt from the jury report reads as follows: ”His labour-intensive charcoal animation depicts an intricate narrative of a refugee in which the literal images used are an enjoyable travel companion. It shows a powerful portrayal of resilience, grief and processing. Clearly, none of this can be captured in a linear process. Khattar shows the healing power of art, in its purest form. ‘Dreams of Yesterday’ is part of a larger collective history and gives an insight into the world of trauma, while the everyday also ‘just goes on’. The jury praised Khattar’s sharp choices. ”The result is an intense experience that fascinates from start to finish. ”

Nominees Lucasprijs
Khattar was selected from a total of 3 nominees, who were nominated by external experts. Besides Khattar, the nominees were: Anoek Mensink (Art & Research) and Sigrid Bannenberg (New Design & Attitudes).

Foto: Yailan Tran & Camile Beauvois
Khattar's work: Dreams of Yesterday