Written by two inhabitants of the zad, this is the first book (or rather a big pamphlet) in English entirely dedicated to the struggle against the airport and the creative occupation of this liberated territory. “We Are ‘Nature’ Defending Itself: Entangling Art, Activism & Autonomous Zones” , asks how do we radically transform and entangle art, activism and everyday life in the midst of the horrors of the Capitalocene? In this book, part of Vagabond’s radical pamphlets to fan the flames of discontent, Isa and Jay, art activists from the Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination, tell their version of the incredible tale of the zad (Zone à Défendre/Zone to Defend), their home since 2016.
These 4000 acres of wetlands, farmland and forest were due to be destroyed for a new international airport. But in 2018, after 40 years of struggle, the infernal infrastructure was defeated through creative forms of direct action. The French Government responded to victory with revenge against what they had once called “the territory lost to the republic”…Yet this was not the end of the story…
Our comrade Starhawk, ecofeminist witch and activist wrote of the book that “We need stories of victory! We need stories of transfomative imagination and wild adventures that somehow succeed against all odds. Jay and Isabelle, as always, think about organizing and activism like nobody else. They’ve given us more than an account–they’ve created a new myth that has the added benefit of being true.”
You can order the book from Pluto direct and if you want us to come do a book presentation in your territory or cant afford the book and want a free pdf – email us at contact @labo.zone