Artist Michael Rakowitz’s conceptual works establish ongoing dialogues with the public. In this talk, moderated by artist Emily Jacir, he discusses the trajectories of three projects. For Return, he resurrected his Iraqi grandfather’s import-export business to bring Iraqi dates to the US, the first such shipment in more than 25 years. The invisible enemy should not exist is the artist’s attempt to reconstruct the archeological artifacts looted from the National Museum of Iraq in April 2003. And in ParaSITE, Rakowitz used the exterior ventilation systems of existing architectural structures to create a temporary homeless shelter.