Raafat Majzoub Class of 2017 2017 - present
Raafat Majzoub is an architect, author and artist based in Beirut. His work negotiates the territory of reality through literature, visual arts and public interventions, inventing and advocating accessible utopic alternatives and possible scenarios.
He co-founded The Outpost, a quarterly magazine of possibilities in the Arab world and was its Creative Director for its first four issues. He penned two of its literary supplements, including an illustrated children’s book that was later turned into a play.
During 2014, Majzoub was a weekly columnist in Beirut-based Al-Akhbar newspaper’s English edition. His previous installation, ‘The Wishing Fountain,’ turned money into an accessible public asset on the streets of Beirut, and his latest work, ‘Hello, Can You See Me?’ was a mobile, public and interactive installation giving voice to Beirut’s most enigmatic abandoned buildings.
Through experimenting with such projects, and using them as first drafts for an alternative narrative for the Arab world, Majzoub recently finished writing his first novel, ‘The Perfumed Garden: An autobiography of another Arab World.’