Rachael Rakes is the Curator of 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 festival Art of the Real. With Laura Huertas Millán, she organizes the curatorial and research initiative on alternative ethnographies, Counter-Encounters. Until 2019, she was the Head Curator and Manager of the Curatorial Programme at De Appel in Amsterdam. Rakes has taught recently for KASK, The New School, Harvard University, and the New Centre for Research and Practice, and advised for Sandberg Institut. Rakes is co-editor of the publication Practice Space (2019, NAME/De Appel) and has recently contributed criticism and essays to Art-Agenda, Artforum, and The Village Voice, among other publications and catalogues. Recent exhibitions and programmes include DECODERS/RECORDERS: 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), CAMP: In Cameras Res (De Appel), The Health Show II (A.I.R., NYC), 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).