Rachael Rakes is the curator of public practice at BAK basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht. She is also a programmer at large for the Film Society of Lincoln Center, New York, where she co-curates the festival Art of the Real and is on the advisory team for the New York Film Festival. She is a contributing editor for the sonic research platform Infrasonica, and an editor at large for Verso Books. With Onyeka Igwe and 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 at the Curatorial Studies Department at KASK & Conservatorium, Gent; The New School, New York; Harvard University, Cambridge; and the New Centre for Research and Practice, Michigan; and has advised for Sandberg Instituut, Amsterdam. Rakes is co-editor of the publication Practice Space (NAME/De Appel, 2019), and has recently contributed criticism and essays to Art-Agenda, Artforum, and The Village Voice, among other publications and catalogues.