Magazine article Sculpture

Museum of Contemporary Art

Magazine article Sculpture

Museum of Contemporary Art

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Chicago

Michael Rakowitz

Through March 4, 2018

Rakowitz thrives on contradiction, weaving together popular culture, history, and his personal experience as an Iraqi-American in an attempt to untangle the thorny mess of U.S./ Middle Eastern relations. His objects, installations, and performances (most of them presented in the public realm) focus on invisibility as a tool of propaganda and marginalization, providing missing context while instigating provocative cultural/ social collisions with the potential to reconcile rather than destroy. From paraSITE (customizable inflatable shelters for the homeless that tap into building HVAC systems) to Enemy Kitchen (a food truck serving Iraqi food prepared by refugee chefs assisted by U.S. veterans), his projects take a long view of reconciliation, building understanding one step at a time through personal encounters that counter hostility with hospitality. …

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