Exhibition
19 September 2022–26 November 2022

The invisible enemy should not exist

by Michael Rakowitz

19 September 2022–26 November 2022 | Green Art Gallery

Solo exhibition by Iraqi-American artist Michael Rakowitz.

Starts 19 September 2022

Ends 26 November 2022

Venue Green Art Gallery

Warehouse 28

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Green Art Gallery is pleased to present Michael Rakowitz’s first solo exhibition at the Gallery, following his large-scale institutional exhibition at the Jameel Arts Centre in Dubai in 2020.

The invisible enemy should not exist is an ongoing project centering on threatened, destroyed, and missing cultural heritage. Michael Rakowitz began this work in 2007, reappearing artifacts looted from the National Museum of Iraq in the aftermath of the US-led invasion in 2003. Drawing from a database of reference images and information, the sculptures are constructed using papier-mâché made of Arabic-English newspapers and West Asian food packaging found in diasporic grocery stores in Chicago. The invisible enemy should not exist is a translation of “Aj ibur shapu,” the name of the Processional Way that ran through Nebuchadnezzar’s Ishtar Gate in Babylon.