Michael Rakowitz on Creative Time Reports

Creative Time Reports: "For one week last year, the artist Michael Rakowitz operated an Iraqi Jewish restaurant out of the Dubai art space Traffic as part of the Moving Museum’s exhibition “TECTONIC.” The temporary kitchen, a rarity in the wake of the Jewish population’s mass exodus from Iraq during 1948–51, drew older visitors nostalgic for their pasts as well as younger diners attracted by its novelty. Elaborating on the themes of the project for this podcast, Michael Rakowitz sat down with two of his collaborators, the independent curator Regine Basha, who has chronicled Iraqi Jewish music with her archival project Tuning Baghdad, and the scholar Ella Habiba Shohat, author of several books in addition to the influential essay “Reflections of an Arab Jew.”