Date of birth1973
Born in the United States from a father of Hungarian origin and a Jewish Iraqi mother, Michael Rakowitz trained as a graphic art student before embarking on the participatory projects with which he was to be awarded his first major recognition in the middle of the 1990s. His works transversally explore the themes of poverty in contemporary metropolises, the processes of gentrification, the diasporas of populations, material destruction and the reappraisal of traditions as a form of resistance to oppression.
In the wake of the invasion of Iraq by US troops, he felt the need to rediscover the culture of his family of origin. [...]