Review – « Michael Rakowitz, Réapparitions ». 49 Nord 6 Est – FRAC Lorraine, Metz, France, 25 février – 14 août 2022 – Marion Bertin
“Michael Rakowitz, Réapparitions” is the first solo show in France dedicated to the Chicago-based Iraki-American artist. Michael Rakowitz’ artworks are politically, and socially engaged and embedded in geopolitical issues. This exhibition, which takes place at the 49 Nord 6 Est – FRAC Lorraine, is dedicated to his series The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist (2007-ongoing). The artworks relate to archeological heritage from Iraq which has been looted, destroyed, or illicitly trafficked since 2003. The artist tries to recreate the lost objects, thanks to several sources of documentation. His creations are thought to be “ghosts” of the originals. He also addresses the experience of exile and of belonging to the diaspora in relation to objects and people. The program scheduled by the FRAC Lorraine during the exhibition extended Michael Rakowitz’ perspectives with other points of view, both personal and academic.