Michael Rakowitz

Iraqi-American, b. 1973

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Michael Rakowitz

Iraqi-American, b. 1973

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Concerned with history and current events, Michael Rakowitz uses his work to explore pressing issues and to invite others into the conversations fostered by his public projects, installations, and events. Like an amateur historian, he begins by fact-finding, making connections whenever possible with people involved in the particular situations upon which he focuses, which range from the personal to the local to the geo-political. Among his first projects is paraSITE (begun 1997), a series of inflatable homes built in consultation with the homeless people who would occupy them. Rakowitz’s own Iraqi-Jewish heritage figures prominently in many of his works, reflecting his deep connection to the country. Since 2004, with his ongoing project, RETURN, he has been attempting to import Iraqi dates into the U.S., the centerpiece of a multipart project that illustrates the cultural richness of this country in crisis.

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Tate Modern, and 1 more
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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 3 more
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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
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Artforum, and 5 more
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documenta, and 3 more
Biography

Concerned with history and current events, Michael Rakowitz uses his work to explore pressing issues and to invite others into the conversations fostered by his public projects, installations, and events. Like an amateur historian, he begins by fact-finding, making connections whenever possible with people involved in the particular situations upon which he focuses, which range from the personal to the local to the geo-political. Among his first projects is paraSITE (begun 1997), a series of inflatable homes built in consultation with the homeless people who would occupy them. Rakowitz’s own Iraqi-Jewish heritage figures prominently in many of his works, reflecting his deep connection to the country. Since 2004, with his ongoing project, RETURN, he has been attempting to import Iraqi dates into the U.S., the centerpiece of a multipart project that illustrates the cultural richness of this country in crisis.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Tate Modern, and 1 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 3 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 5 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
documenta, and 3 more
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Amid Controversy, the Whitney Biennial Plays It Safe
May 14th, 2019
Amid Controversy, the Whitney Biennial Plays It Safe
In London, This Artist Rebuilt a Mythical Sculpture Destroyed by ISIS
Mar 28th, 2018
In London, This Artist Rebuilt a Mythical Sculpture Destroyed by ISIS
The Istanbul Biennial Exposes Contradictions in the Human Condition
Sep 9th, 2015
The Istanbul Biennial Exposes Contradictions in the Human Condition
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