This video presents Return, Michael Rakowitz’s temporarily reopened family import-export business from Brooklyn to Iraq opened from October 1 to October 31st in 2006 as part of the Who Cares projects.
For the Who Cares projects, four artists were commissioned to create public art projects which were presented in the Fall of 2006, a year after the dinners and around the time of the Who Cares book release. Political, acerbic, and witty, the projects included Mel Chin’s animated film comparing the histories of 9/11 in the United States, 2001, with 9/11 in Santiago, Chile, 1973, Coco Fusco’s multimedia performance about women’s role in the “War on Terror” (September 28-October 1, 2006, 150 1st Avenue), Michael Rakowitz’s Return (October 1-31, 2006, Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn), and Jens Haaning’s Arabic Joke, a traditional joke depicted on posters in Arabic and displayed throughout the city.
Video by Matt Wolf courtesy Creative Time. To learn more go to creativetime.org.