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ZOO, or the letter Z, just after Zionism

3 March – 10 June 2012
NAiM/Bureau Europa presents ZOO, or the letter Z, just after Zionism, an exhibition that uses the book ‘The Atlas of the Conflict’ by Malkit Shoshan as an anchor point.

“Two white donkeys dyed with black stripes delighted Palestinian kids at a small Gaza zoo who had never seen a zebra in the flesh...” Reuters, 8 October 2009)

The Atlas of the Conflict’ by Malkit Shoshan maps the processes and mechanisms behind the shaping of Israel-Palestine over the past hundred years. It was published at the end of 2010 and used as the anchor point for a new project, ‘ZOO, or the letter Z, just after Zionism’, which among others searches for ways to deal with the notion of transformation; a book into an exhibition, the domestic into the wild, a zoo into a house, captivity into freedom, a donkey into a zebra.

‘ZOO, or the letter Z, just after Zionism’ starts at page number 437 of ‘The Atlas of the Conflict’ and continues into a fascinating exploration of ideas, snapshots and associations, that could be raised once seeing a white donkey tied with a rope, covered with beige tape and being transformed into a zebra by a beautiful Palestinian boy. This in order to fulfill the desire of the Gaza's for normality, which in this case means possessing a zoo as a space for urban leisure.

‘ZOO, or the letter Z, just after Zionism’, as part of a research on the relationship between architecture and war, consists of an installation, an archive, and two books:

  • The installation is a hybrid of a house, a cage, a UN shelter, a zoo...
  • The archive, inspired by ‘A for Animal’ by Gilles Deleuze and by the lexicon of ‘The Atlas of the Conflict’, can be seen as a search engine, rather than an academic research. It consists of snapshots of realities, stories, anecdotes, and statistics on a variety of terms concerning the zoo and the Gaza Strip, such as modernism, behavioral sink, proximities, donkeys, pigeons, rats, the exotic, classification, walls and paradise.
  • The two books are an updated edition of ‘The Atlas of the Conflict’, in collaboration with Publication Studio, and ‘ZOO, or the letter Z, just after Zionism’, a catalogue with texts by David Hancocks, Sara Roy and Edo Amin.

NB: Exclusively on Saturdays and Sundays donkeys are present in the exhibition.  

Photography: Johannes Schwartz

Graphic design wall posters and reader: Sandra Kassenaar and Bart de Baets

Graphic design posters and invitation: Experimental Jetset 

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