Michael Rakowitz - Artist Lecture and Q&A session
Birmingham School of Art: Margaret Street
On 21 March, 2018, the artist Michael Rakowitz will speak at Birmingham School of Art about The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist , a new work that was recently commissioned for the prestigious Fourth Plinth Project in London’s Trafalgar Square.
The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist will be unveiled in Trafalgar Square on Wednesday 28 March, 2018, and will recreate one of the Lamassu, a giant stone colossi depicting a winged bull and protective deity, that stood at the entrance to the Nergal Gate of Nineveh from c 700 B.C. (until it was destroyed by ISIS in early 2015). The Lamassu is made up of empty Iraqi date syrup cans, a reference to both the export trade of Rakowitz’s own displaced Iraqi-Jewish family, after they settled in New York in the 1940s, and a symbol of a once-renowned Iraqi industry that has been decimated by war and conflict. The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist will occupy the plinth for two years, until March 2020.
The talk will be followed by a question and answer session, chaired by Dr. Anthony Downey, Professor of Visual Culture in the Middle East and North Africa.