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Michael Rakowitz: Backstroke of the West

Acclaimed Iraqi-American artist Michael Rakowitz (1973) is a natural storyteller who combines personal experiences with extensive research to create contextual, illustrated objects, installations, and interventions. Based in Chicago, the artist explores contested social, cultural, and political histories in his work, inviting viewers to consider their complicit relationship to the world around them. 

This lavishly illustrated catalogue, printed by die Keure, accompanies Michael Rakowitz first museum survey and delves into ten of the artist’s best-known works as well as one new project created for the MCA’s exhibition. Illuminating texts by Omar Kholeif, Shumon Basar, and Ella Shohat address the narrative elements and historical contexts of Rakowitz’s work. Plates run throughout the publication, illustrating major projects featured in the exhibition.

Softcover, laminated, with a black foil stamp


Customer: Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
Year of publication: 2017
Category: Art