Michael Rakowitz

17 Jul 2017


Michael Rakowitz, The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist, 2007. Installation of drawings, cardboard and newspaper sculptures, museum labels, sound. Featured at the Sharjah Biennial (2007), Istanbul Biennial (2007), Bard College, Hessel Art Museum (2008), Modern Art Oxford (2009), Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art (2013), Smart Museum of Art, and University of Chicago (2014). Courtesy of the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program.

Michael Rakowitz’s work at the intersection of social practice, installation, and performance has been presented at venues such as dOCUMENTA (13), MoMA, 16th Biennale of Sydney, the 10th and 14th Istanbul Biennial, Yokohama Triennial, Tate Modern, and Creative Time, among others. Much of his work in the past decade has explored US-Iraqi relations and the production and aftermath of war, as well as the role of cultural production in the formation and perpetuation of identity. Rakowitz is professor of art theory and practice at Northwestern University and a visiting artist at the International Art Academy of Palestine, Ramallah. In 2016-17 with Center support, Mural Arts Philadelphia collaborated with Rakowitz to present Radio Silence, a participatory performance and radio project involving American veterans from the Iraq War and the Iraqi refugee community.