Jenny Polak is a Brooklyn-based artist born in London, UK. She makes site and community responsive art that reframes immigrant-citizen relations, amplifying efforts to end immigrant detention and racial profiling, and creating strategies for surviving hostile authorities.

Her collaborative works include interactive and site responsive projects that have been hosted by University of Chicago’s Arts and Public Life, and The Comfort Station (2016). Her group shows include Hyde Park Art Center, London, UK (2016) and the Weinberg-Newton Gallery, Chicago, IL (2016).

Her solo exhibitions include Trojan Horse Travel Agency, Lower East Side Tenement Museum, New York, NY (2007); and Dana Women Artists Series, Rutgers, New Brunswick, NJ (2009). Her awards and art residencies include the National Park Service Residency (2014); Northwestern University Residency (2012); Independent Study Program, Whitney Museum of American Art; and NYFA (2012). Polak holds B.A.’s from Cambridge University and Central-St. Martins School of Art in London, and received an M.F.A. from School of Visual Arts.

 

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