Monday 18 November 2019 at 6:30pm
Bachir-Yerex Presentation Space (4th floor)
401 Richmond St. W.Toronto, ON M5V 3A8

Part of Fall 2019

A presentation of two films by Michael Rakowitz, followed by an extended discussion with John Greyson.

Co-presented with Images Festival and Pleasure Dome.

SAVAC is pleased to invite you to a screening by artist Michael Rakowitz, to be held on 18 November 2019. In his multidisciplinary artistic practice, Rakowitz meticulously unfolds finished and unfinished narratives. His works, often beginning with family histories shaped by repeated displacements, tunes into the places, people and things that he holds close. Rakowitz reconciles desire and politics – asking tough questions about the role of ethics and integrity in art-making.

In this screening, Michael Rakowitz presents two films that meditate on ventriloquy, surrogates, and solidarity, as seen through the lens of music and museoleogy. Following the screening of the works, Michael Rakowitz will be in conversation with filmmaker and educator John Greyson. Limited seats available, please arrive early.

The screening is part of a three-part program that includes a community dinner (Post Colonial Hot Ones) and studio visits with emerging artists. For more information about the full program, visit:

Michael Rakowitz is an artist living and working in Chicago. His work has appeared in venues worldwide including dOCUMENTA (13), P.S.1, MoMA, MassMOCA, Castello di Rivoli, the 16th Biennale of Sydney, the 10th and 14th Istanbul Biennials, Sharjah Biennial 8, Tirana Biennale, National Design Triennial at the Cooper-Hewitt, and Transmediale 05. He has had solo projects and exhibitions with Creative Time, Tate Modern in London, MCA Chicago, Lombard Freid Gallery in New York, Galerie Barbara Wien, Berlin, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago and Kunstraum Innsbruck. He is the recipient of the 2018 Herb Alpert Award in the Arts; a 2012 Tiffany Foundation Award; a 2008 Creative Capital Grant; a Sharjah Biennial Jury Award; a 2006 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship Grant in Architecture and Environmental Structures; the 2003 Dena Foundation Award, and the 2002 Design 21 Grand Prix from UNESCO. He was awarded the Fourth Plinth commission in London’s Trafalgar Square, on view through 2020. A traveling survey of his work premiered at Whitechapel Gallery in London in June 2019, and is currently on view at the Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea in Torino, Italy. It will travel to the Jameel Art Centre in Dubai in 2020. Rakowitz was recently named the 2020 Nasher Sculpture Prize Laureate and is Professor of Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University.