Michael Rakowitz’s art makes visible moments of silence, erasure and invisibility by uncovering unexpected connections and stories. His survey exhibition covers topics including the failures of Modernist architecture to the destruction of ancient Assyrian artifacts. Director of Whitechapel Gallery Iwona Blazwick joins him in conversation to discuss his work and ideas.
Part of Michael Rakowitz 4 June – 25 August 2019.
Michael Rakowitz lives and works in Chicago. He is Professor at Chicago’s Northwestern University. His work has been exhibited worldwide including dOCUMENTA (13), P.S.1 MoMA, MassMOCA, Castello di Rivoli, the 16th Biennale of Sydney, the 10th Istanbul Biennial, Sharjah Biennial 8, Tirana Biennale and Transmediale 05. He has had solo exhibitions at Tate Modern (London), Junstraum (Innsbruck) and MCA (Chicago). Rakowitz won the 2018 Fourth Plinth commission for London’s Trafalgar Square and is presenting his sculpture from The invisible enemy should not exist (2007 – ongoing), until 2020.
Iwona Blazwick is Director of the Whitechapel Gallery, London since 2001 and is a curator, critic and lecturer. She was formerly at Tate Modern and London’s ICA as well as working as an independent curator in Europe and Japan. Blazwick is series editor of Whitechapel Gallery/MIT Documents of Contemporary Art. She has written monographs and articles on many contemporary artists and published extensively on themes and movements in modern and contemporary art, exhibition histories and art institutions. In 2015 she co-curated The Adventures of the Black Square at the Whitechapel Gallery.