Arrivals / Departures Jenny Polak

A Galway 2020 commission
DATE October
LOCATION Galway City and County
Students from Steel City Academy take part in the Mobile Speakers Podium for Citizens and Noncitizens Chicago to Gary Walk, at Gary Airport Deportation Hub, 2018 Image Regin Igloria

Jenny Polak is a New York-based artist/activist whose work amplifies specific calls for social justice. Her art responds to both sites and communities.

In Galway, Jenny will work with migrant workers, people in direct provision Galwegians with family members who have emigrated, and those who are new to Galway, to reframe the migrant-citizen relationship. Jenny’s own family history of migration drives her to examine detention centres, racial profiling and strategies for surviving hostile authorities as major concerns in her work.

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