Curatorial Studies

Rachael Rakes

Rachael Rakes

Writing and Curating

rachaelrakes@gmail.com

Rachael Rakes is a curator, arts writer, editor, film programmer, and educator. She is currently Curator for Public Practice at BAK basis voor actuele kunst, an Editor at Large for Verso Books, and a Programmer at Large for the Film Society of Lincoln Center—where she co-curates the annual experimental nonfiction festival Art of the Real. Until 2019, she was the Head Curator and Manager of the Curatorial Programme at De Appel in Amsterdam. From 2011 until 2018 she was a contributing editor to the Brooklyn Rail. She has taught recently at New Centre for Research & Practice, The New School, Harvard University, and Sandberg Institut. Rakes is co-editor of the publication Practice Space (2019, NAME/De Appel) and has contributed criticism and essays to Art-Agenda, Artforum, and the Brooklyn Rail, among other publications and catalogues. Recent exhibitions and programmes include DECODERS/RECORDERS: Forms are Facts (Cosmic Rays, UNC), Steffani Jemison and Samson Young (De Appel/Looiersgracht 60, Amsterdam), Relational Capacities (Frame Contemporary/Amos Rex, Helsinki), On Watching Men (SAIC, Chicago), Dark Progress + Uncontained Energy and Contained Fear (Tabakerlara, San Sebastian), In Between: Tacita Dean (Centre Pompidou, Paris), EVAN IFEKOYA: A Score, A Groove, A Phantom, A Congregation (De Appel), On Documentary Abstraction (Oolite Arts (Miami), Estructuras de la Razón (Walgreens, Miami), BEN RUSSELL: It is Here, It Will Last Forever (De Appel), and Formal Complaint (Knockdown Center, NYC). With Laura Huertas Millan, Rakes runs Counter-Encounters, a research and curatorial firm that engages tools of ethnographic refusal in visual and audio practices.