"On the occasion of Nature, Brussels-based research centre, Aleppo, commissioned a new novel to Lebanese writer Raafat Majzoub. In this book, Majzoub starts from the translation of the Arabic word Tat’beeh into Normalization which literally translates to Naturalization in the context of the Arab-Israeli conflict. A novel where Nature no longer appears as a fixed idea opposed to fiction, rather as the instrument to rethink an overrated Real."
Modernity did not only set the division between nature and culture: it brought a transformation of nature into Nature, an objectified, idealized and fixed image. Starting from this perspective the program of this imaginary school takes place in the park, not in the attempt to reconcile nature and culture, but rather to blur the solidity of these two categories. The Naked starts from the translation of the Arabic word Tat’beeh تطبيع into Normalization which literally translates to Naturalization in the context of the Arab-Israeli conflict. From there, it tells the story of the liberation of Palestine in an indecipherable language that is the cyborg of Arabic and Hebrew after both fused through the loss of their letter “B” where Arabic = عربي and Hebrew = عبري becoming عري after the common loss of ب — and عري means nudity in Arabic.
Title ········· The Naked
Medium ········· Text, Reading
Context ······ Nature public program, Brussels
Year ······ 2016
Language ······· Arabic+Hebrew (English sidescripts)