Special event
The Invisible Enemy Should not Exist: Michael Rakowitz and Jon Snow in conversation

Thursday 29 March 2018,
13.30–14.30
BP Lecture Theatre
Free, booking essential

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To coincide with the unveiling of 12th commission of the Mayor of London’s Fourth Plinth Programme in Trafalgar Square, artist Michael Rakowitz’s joins journalist and Channel 4 News presenter Jon Snow to discuss his sculpture The Invisible Enemy Should not Exist.

It is based on a lamassu, a winged bull and protective deity that stood at the Nergal Gate of Nineveh from around 700 BC. The British Museum's collection includes several lamassu from Nineveh, Khorsabad and Nimrud.

Michael Rakowitz is an acclaimed artist whose multidisciplinary practice engages the senses as a means of sparking discourse around pressing political, social and historical issues. An American of Iraqi-Jewish origin, Rakowitz creates conceptual art that is known for establishing unexpected connections. In doing so, he forges entirely new and composite narratives that challenge and engage the audience in a vibrant revival of the past. Rakowitz is Professor of Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University and has shown his work in venues worldwide. Over the years, he has been honoured with many awards for his work, which also features in major private and public collections around the world.

Jon Snow joined ITN in 1976 and became Washington Correspondent in 1984. Since then, he has travelled the world to cover the news – from the fall of the Berlin Wall and the release of Nelson Mandela, to Barack Obama's inauguration and the earthquake in Haiti. His many awards include the Richard Dimbleby Bafta award for Best Factual Contribution to Television (2005), and Royal Television Society awards for Journalist of the Year (2006) and Presenter of the Year (2009). He has been the face of Channel 4 News since 1989. He is also a member of the Fourth Plinth Commission Group, which selected Michael’s work for the Fourth Plinth.


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Michael Rakowitz. Photo: James O Jenkins.