As a Juror in the competition and as an artists and curator, I had no doubt the book Camino a la Modernidad / The Path To Modernity: Mexican Modern Painting, designed by Danné Ojeda, was the right choice for the Award Best Art Catalogue category.
The Commission, headed by chairperson Shobha Koshy and members K. U., issued the directive on a petition from a Plus Two student of Cheemeni Higher Secondary School, Kasaragod, that the school authorities were insisting on hair being parted and arranged into two plaits.
The compulsion on girls plaiting their hair was also discriminatory, the complaint said.
Taking a serious view of the complainant’s stand that for hair to be plaited, it should have dried properly, the Commission also found that setting aside time in the morning for plaiting was difficult.
Compelling girl students to make two plaits such that it affected their physical and mental health was a violation of child rights, the Commission said, directing the authorities to report on steps taken in this regard.
I have been introduced to the amazing design work of Danné Ojeda through the Art Books Wanted International Award 2013 (organized by edition lidu).
In her creative work Danné focuses mainly on designing books and art exhibitions, often using simple graphic elements and paper to create conceptual meanings and very subtle effects.When asked to select speakers for the lecture series, my choice was, again, clear. design, pedagogy and curatorial works of Danné Ojeda held at the Instituto Cervantes in Prague and discussed with Danné her art and design approach, in the interview for FONT magazine.Compelling girl students to make two plaits such that it affected their physical and mental health was a violation of child rights, the Commission said. The Kerala State Commission for Protection of Child Rights has said girl students in schools should not be compelled to part their hair and plait it.The Commission has directed the Secretary and Director of General Education and the Higher Secondary Director to issue an order on the issue at the earliest.A smelly situation The petitioner pointed out that current school rules forced students to tie their hair even when wet and this gave rise to bad odour and led to problems such as hair breakage.To avoid this, girl students came to school without bathing, and this brought with it a host of health problems, she said.