Back to Top

Every Weapon is a Tool

Michael Rakowitz

This image by Michael Rakowitz is from Celebrate People’s History/Iraq Veterans Against the War: Ten Years of Fighting for Peace and Justice, a portfolio that celebrated IVAW’s first ten years and was produced by Justseeds, IVAW, Booklyn, Repetitive Press, and the Civilian Soldier Alliance.

(IVAW is now known as About Face: Veterans Against the War)

Michael Rakowitz is an artist, activist, and educator living and working in Chicago. He has worked extensively with IVAW and Warrior Writers on his ongoing project Enemy Kitchen, in which he compiles Baghdadi recipes and teaches them to different public audiences. building off this project in 2014 he worked with members of the Chicago Iraqi community and IVAW to prepare the national dish of Iraq, Masgouf, in his project Every Weapon is a Tool if You Hold it Right.

More from Graphics

Tomas Young

Tomas Young

More from the Blog

Gratitude for Nail Houses

Gratitude for Nail Houses

November 10, 2022

We think sometimes that cities are defined by their castles and towers, their highways and skyscrapers. But they are also defined by their exceptions: their nail houses and holdouts, scavenged…