A talk about hosts, ghosts, hospitality, hostility, and the complicated nature of a good time. In this lecture, Rakowitz will discuss (g)hosting, a term he uses to explore the intersection of hospitality and hostility in his work, as well as the recuperation of disappeared objects, smells, tastes, customs, and relationships through reactivations and substitutes.
Michael Rakowitz is an artist working at the intersection of problem-solving and troublemaking. He is a recipient of the Herb Alpert Award in the Arts, the Fourth Plinth commission in London’s Trafalgar Square, the Public Art Dialogue Award, and the Nasher Sculpture Prize. Since 2003, his ongoing project, Enemy Kitchen, has brought Iraqi cuisine and culture to different public audiences, including middle and high school students. Iraqi culture is virtually invisible in the US, beyond the daily news, and Enemy Kitchen seizes the possibility of cultural visibility to produce an alternative discourse. Rakowitz lives and works in Chicago.
Moderated by Eleanor Myerson (Birkbeck, University of London; Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge)