The Against Nature Journal

Initiated in 2014 as a commission by the NGO Legal Agenda and arts organisation Ashkal Alwan in Beirut, The Against Nature Journal explores “crime against nature” laws and their legacies in order to foster dialogue on sexual and reproductive rights and rethink nature anew.

The main iterations of the projects include the international symposium The Manufacturing of Rights (Ashkal Alwan, Beirut, 2014), the film commission Deseos / رغبات by Carlos Motta (2015), a touring installation The Against Nature Journal (Contour Biennial, Centre Pompidou, Paris, MAMM, Medellin, 2017) and T.A.N.J. an arts and human rights magazine (2020-today).

More information about the magazine T.A.N.J.:

'Manufacturing of Rights', a symposium curated by Council and hosted by Askhal Alwan, Beirut, 2015

Deseos / رغبات , a film by Carlos Motta and Maya Mikdashi, commissioned by Council, 2015

'The Against Nature Journal', an exhibition curated by Council, with works by Joscelyn Gardner and documents by Vanessa Agard-Jones, Zeb Tortorici, Linn Tonstad, Arvind Narrain, Adrian Lahoud, Nayla Geagea, presented at Contour Biennale, Museum of Modern Art Medellin, Centre Pompidou, installation view Contour Biennale, 2016-17

T.A.N.J. is edited by curator and researcher Aimar Arriola and Council co-director Grégory Castéra. Design by Julie Peeters; cover by Stepan Lipatov. Published in Paris, 2020

The Against Nature Journal (T.A.N.J.) is a project by Council.

Initiated with

Legal Agenda and Ashkal Alwan, Beirut

Supported by

Kone Foundation, Foundation for Arts Initiatives and Nordic Culture Point

Cover and top image: Carlos Motta, Deseos, film still