/Dialogues Schedule | Sunday, September 17
Presented in partnership with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), /Dialogues offers panel discussions, conversations and provocative artistic discourse with leading artists, curators, designers and arts professionals on the current issues that engage them.
GLOBAL ART GEOGRAPHIES
Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi (President and Director | Sharjah Art Foundation)
Aligning with the 2017 edition of the Sharjah Biennial, this discussion will focus on the global impact and responsibility of institutions’ off-site international programs, as well as the importance of their influence on the region.
Based in Chicago, Iraqi-American artist Michael Rakowitz makes work that explores recent contested social, political and cultural histories. Drawing on personal experiences and research on these subjects, as well as history and popular culture, Rakowitz creates illustrated objects, installations and performances that invite viewers to contemplate their complicit relationship to the political world around them, recognizing that hospitality and hostility are interlinked. The artist’s first US museum survey, curated by Omar Kholeif, Manilow Senior Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, features early works, a new commission and major installations, such as The invisible enemy should not exist (2007-ongoing), a lifelong project by the artist to reproduce to scale items looted from the Iraqi National Museum, each made to scale and using recycled food supplies from Middle Eastern food stores in the United States. Collectively, the exhibition tells a story of restitution and reconstitution, positioning Rakowitz as one of the most important artists of our time.
Image: Michael Rakowitz, The invisible enemy should not exist (2007-ongoing).