10 Q’s to Carol Rodríguez

Carol Rodríguez is an archaeologist and professional illustrator from Peru who communicates her interest for ancient Peruvian art through the illustrations she makes and shares on social media. Carol is currently a regular contributor for Objective Convergence for which she has branched out beyond the art of Peru to create the great illustrations that accompany the OC monthly playlists. We recently had a written interview with her during which we talked about her career trajectory, the importance of science communication, and the current situation of archaeology.

Elena Izcue: When Art Déco Meets the Ancient Andes

Elena Izcue (1889 – 1970), Art Déco artist and teacher, found inspiration in the archaeological textiles and ceramics of Peru. From collaborating with Elsa Schiaparelli to being supported by the greatest museum curators of her time, Elena managed to bridge ancient Andean art with the bustling innovation of the roaring 20’s.

Meghann O’Brien: Weaving the art world together

Meghann O’Brien, also known as Jaad Kuujus (“Dear Woman” in Haida language), is an artist of Kwakwaka’wakw, Haida, and Irish descent. Her work, which is anchored in wool and cedar bark weaving, materializes the web that connects her to her community, ancestors, and the land. Meghann is a former professional snowboarder and did not begin this practice with the intent of becoming an artist. But, carried by the process, she has since brought those traditional art forms to an exceptional level of expertise and intricacy.

The cacique of Sutatausa: a story of resilience

The doctrinal church of Saint John the Baptist in Sutatausa, Colombia is now open to the public after recent restoration. Inside, you can find a syncretic mural depicting an indigenous Muisca praying. This representation of exceptional quality, beyond the archaeological testimony, tells us the story of the resilience of a people in the preservation of its traditions, resisting to time, destruction, and oppressors.

From museum to the field: the temples of Āśāpurī, India

Āśāpurī, an early medieval site (9th-11th century) in Central India, only came to the attention of archaeologists decades after museum specialists first collected and preserved its sculptures. Despite the major role of local and state museums in the preservation of the site, looters keep plundering Āśāpurī’s most valued artworks.

OC Calendar: May 2021

Upcoming conferences, exhibitions, publications, auctions, and openings for May 2021.
Featuring Dumbarton Oaks, the Pre-Columbian Society of Washington, D.C., the Association des Apprentis Américanistes, the Sous-commission des fouilles “Amériques” du MEAE, the Legion of Honor Museum, and more.

Academia is experiencing a mental health crisis

It’s common knowledge that academia is experiencing a mental health crisis at all levels. Informal support networks (peer-to-peer) as well as faculty and instructor support are a place to start working but it isn’t enough. Systemic changes are necessary.

TikTok, to the rescue

As some people used last year’s lockdown to get into yoga, reconnect with themselves or start cooking for the first time, a lot of us got sucked into social media, but not always to be a total waste of time. This is how I discovered @shinanova – Shina Novalinga – and her mother @kayuulanov, both Inuk throat singers sharing about their culture on Tiktok and Instagram. A new kind of content on the platform that made me wonder if we may have missed a step regarding preserving intangible heritage. Did social media become our last chance?

Playlist Convergence #1

Discover the first Objective Convergence playlist, designed for a chill session, a rainy afternoon, or a sunset drive.
Featuring Claire Laffut, Clairo, Yves Tumor, Coma Cose, girl in red, Ya Tseen, Michelle Gurevich, Gossip, Sufjan Stevens, and Tamino.

Fortification and Transmission: the olok of the Wayana-Apalai of the Guianas

Featherwork is an art very often associated with indigenous Brazil, as many peoples of the Amazon produce exceptional artworks with feathers. But few know that one of the most complex feather headdresses in South America is made by the Wayana and Apalai peoples from French Guiana, although some are also present in Brazil and Suriname. The olok headdress is the centerpiece of the ëputop, a ritual designed to strengthen the mind and body over several months.

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