Michael Rakowitz (b. 1973, New York) lives and works in Chicago. His work has appeared in venues worldwide, including dOCUMENTA (13), P.S.1, MoMA, MassMOCA, the 16th Biennale of Sydney, the 10th Istanbul Biennial, Sharjah Biennial 8, Tirana Biennale, National Design Triennial at the Cooper-Hewitt, and Transmediale 05. He has had solo exhibitions at Tate Modern (London), Lombard Freid Gallery (NYC), Alberto Peola Arte Contemporanea (Torino), and Kunstraum (Innsbruck) and is Professor of Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University.
In 1998 Rakowitz initiated paraSITE, an ongoing project of custom-built inflatable shelters for homeless people that attach to the exterior outtake vents of a building’s HVAC system. Enemy Kitchen (2003 – ongoing) is a food truck serving Iraqi food in Chicago, staffed by Iraq War veterans working under Iraqi refugee chefs. Creative Time commissioned Rakowitz in 2011 for Spoils, a culinary intervention at NYC’s Park Avenue Autumn restaurant that invited diners to eat off of plates looted from Saddam Hussein’s palaces. The project culminated in the repatriation of the former Iraqi President’s flatware. Rakowitz was recently awarded the 2018-20 public art commission for the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, London. He is Professor of Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University and is represented in Chicago by Rhona Hoffman Gallery.