Rebekah Modrak is an artist and writer who uses photography, the internet, and critical design to explore commerce, identity, and class. She is the lead author of Reframing Photography (Routledge 2011), a book of theory and process that reconsiders photography’s omnipresence throughout the arts and other disciplines. She is the creator of Re Made Company, an artwork that uses recreation to parody the rhetoric around designer tools and the urban woodsman, which includes the language of authenticity, appropriation of working class identities, and a revitalization of traditional male roles. At the heart of Rebekah’s work is a concern with representation and visual culture. She’s explored these questions in written works, such as “Bougie Crap,” an article (published in the Detroit-based journal infinite mile, 2015) analyzing the links between design, education, corporate culture and the appropriation of images and symbols of labor and blackness by luxury producers. Her most recent writing, calling for critical artistic interventions to reclaim meaning by undermining brand rhetoric, will be published in The Routledge Companion to Criticality in Art, Architecture and Design (Routledge 2017). Her current creative work – Rethink Shinola — encompasses three videos that analyze, critique and expose a complex and patronizing agenda of marketing blackness, labor, and authenticity with Detroit as the central subject. Rebekah is an Associate Professor in the Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan.
Rebekah's ArtPrize Entries
These are Rebekah's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
Rebekah's Past Work
These are images of past work that Rebekah has done.