Michael Rakowitz launches his culinary art experience in New York

A house with a date palm will never starve, 2006-2007
Timeline, wall labels, date syrup, two imported Barhi date palms from Iraq, ten barhi/khlaas Date palm (United Arab Emirates and Iraqi hybrid)
Installation View at Sharjah Expo Trade Center
Commissioned and Produced by Sharjah Art Foundation
Photo by Plamen Galabov

Michael Rakowitz, who won the Sharjah Biennial 8 Artist Prize, has launched his projectSpoils with Creative Time and the restaurant Park Avenue Autumn. The work continues on the themes which were visible during SB8, notably the US invasion of Iraq.

Rakowitz is collaborating with Chef Kevin Lasko on an alternative tasting of the classic Iraqi dessert  “Debes wa Rashi” (dates mixed with tahini), which will be served with venison, a prized symbol of the American tradition of deer hunting. The dish takes a further twist: the ensemble is served to diners on plates from the palace of the late Saddam Hussein. The work explores the link between food and history.

For Sharjah Biennial 8, Rakowitz presented “The Invisible enemy should not exist”, which was based on the artifacts that were stolen from the national Museum of Iraq, Baghdad in 2003 after the US invasion. The work is a series of 17 objects produced in late February to early March in 2007.

The dish can be sampled at Park Avenue Autumn until Saturday November 26, 2011.

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