Illustration above by Futuress
Diversity Issues (see also: here) — by Futuress and depatriarchise design
“Teachers and students voice their grievances around discrimination in Swiss design schools.
Something is afoot in design and art education. Recent months have seen a rise in students’ initiatives, open letters, social media accounts, and campaigns that address racist, sexist, and otherwise discriminatory practices and incidents of harassment at art and design institutions, including @blackatsva in the USA, @UALtruth and @GSAtruth in the UK, #exitracismUDK in Germany, or most recently @callingoutdutchartinstitutions in the Netherlands. Among them are also actions that address design and art institutions in Switzerland, a country too often left out of such discussions—be that because of its misguided belief that it is not part of colonial structures, its culture of over-politeness, or its long-held myth of neutrality both nationally and internationally. Switzerland, however, is not neutral. And neither is Swiss design or its educational institutions.”
Also refer to des-mesures-antiracistes-demandees-dans-des-lieux-culturels-en-suisse, an initiative and open letter by students of the Ecole Cantonale de Lausanne ECAL.