A new arts & human rights magazine
The Against Nature Journal is a biannual arts and human rights magazine exploring “crime against nature” laws and their legacies, in print, in person, and online. Authors and readers from law, activism, social sciences, and the arts are brought together to foster dialogue on sexual and reproductive rights and rethink nature anew.
As of summer 2020, the “restoration of natural order” is back on the agenda of many alt-right movements across the world, and “unnatural” sexual orientations and behaviors are still condemned to imprisonment, corporal punishment, and even the death penalty in over seventy countries.
The Against Nature Journal features internationally renowned writers, scholars, poets, journalists and activists from across the world, with a focus on countries where prosecution and criminalization of LGBTQI+ persons are still enforced as the result of colonial histories. Future issues will intertwine six themes, each becoming the major focus of one issue: Religion, Migration, Medicine, Love, Death, Nature.
This inaugural 144 pages issue, launching 4 September 2020, outlines the intersections between legislation, human rights activism, and spirituality. 500 copies are distributed in selected bookshops worldwide. 1,500 free copies are distributed internationally to individuals and organizations who are concerned with the laws of “crime against nature” and operate in the fields of law, activism, social sciences, and the arts.
A digital version of The Against Nature Journal and program of events will also be available on www.
Founded in 2013 by Grégory Castéra and Sandra Terdjman in Paris, Council is an art organization devoted to fostering better understanding of societal issues. It was founded with the conviction that art produces meaningful social change and that its influence can be extended to other domains. Council develops a long-term artistic program by partnering with thinkers and makers from different fields of action and expertise. Council commissions artworks, curates exhibitions, designs assemblies, and orchestrates educational programs. Additionally, the fellowship program AFIELD recognizes artists and cultural practitioners who develop exemplary initiatives that benefit society. The entire program addresses issues related to health and care, gender equality, ecology, collective practices and social innovation.