Link List #111: Contemporary craft guilds, yeti sightings on the China-Nepal border, and the tribal women fighting for indigenous rights in Brazil

This week we’ve been reading about the European artist collectives reviving the centuries-old structure of craft guilds, the Indian Army’s mysterious sightings of yeti footprints near Nepal’s Malaku Base Camp, and the Brazilian women who are stepping out of their traditional roles and into the spotlight to lead the fight for indigenous rights.

Concrete at Alserkal Avenue
Concrete at Alserkal Avenue - Courtyard with open doors © Aga Khan Trust for Culture / Cemal Emden
  • Last week the shortlist was announced for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture (AKAA), a prize dedicated to rewarding architectural concepts that successfully address the needs and aspirations of Islamic societies. Art Asia Pacific takes us through some of the contenders, including multi-purpose arts space Alserkal Avenue Concrete, the first Dubai-based project to be nominated for the AKAA.
  • This week, an anatomical image of the female body displaying a woman’s milk ducts went viral. In this article, The Guardian discusses how people’s surprise at the picture is less to do with ignorance, and more to do with the fact that scientific and medical education assume the male body as the default.
  • While the abominable snowman has been consigned to myth, sightings of yeti footprints by the Indian Army this week have thrown the creature’s existence into question. Discovered on the border between Nepal and China, the evidence has now been handed over for scientific analysis. Find out more in The Times of India.
  • What with rising rents, artists are returning to the age-old structure of forming craft guilds: skill-based communities to control production and quality, support apprenticeship and obtain local influence. The New York Times introduces us to five collectives across Europe that are reviving that centuries-old structure of shared resources and labor.
  • The Rio Times speaks to Joenia Wapichana, the first indigenous woman to be elected to Brazil’s Congress, about how tribal women are overturning traditional gender roles and taking front line positions in the battle to protect indigenous rights.

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Text: Emily May