Michael Rakowitz, born Long Island, New York, October 22, 1973, is an Iraqi-American artist living and working in Chicago, best known for his conceptual art. His work has appeared worldwide, such as the 16th Sydney Biennial, 10th and 14th Istanbul Biennials, and Sharjah Biennials. His work deals with the history of colonization and extraction from museums, reconstructing artifacts looted from the museum and excavation sites.
Rakowitz is Professor of Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University, and his work has been shown in a number of international exhibitions, including the exhibition "Green Art Gallery in Dubai", where the collection "The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist", which runs until 23 November.
The exhibition unveils the first display of a series of bas-reliefs from the northwest Assyrian Kalhu Palace excavated by the British Museum, and reconstructed as cardboard assembled parts made from ancient issues of the Syriac-English Nineveh Journal. These pieces embody the artist's ongoing journey in recreating artifacts that were systematically looted by Western governments from important cultural sites in Iraq from the middle of the last century