Opening Sunday, July 3rd, from 2PM - 4PM
On view through Saturday, July 30th
Artist Jenny Polak’s podium is a deployable speakers’ corner that is both functional and symbolic. Installed and activated on the lawn of the Comfort Station for 5 weeks, it will provide a focus for presentations by local social justice groups including the summer youth program of the Logan Square Neighborhood Association on immigration issues and artist performers such as Diaz Lewis.
The Speakers’ Podium will travel to additional locations such as campuses in Chicago, to Gary, IN and other communities targeted by the for-profit prison industry’s ongoing Midwest expansion efforts. For information or to suggest a performance, visit www.jennypolak.com/podium-citizen-non-citizen/
Inspired by the effective coalition of citizens and immigrants/non-citizens who fought successfully to block the building of a new for-profit detention center by Corrections Corporation of America in Crete IL, the Speakers’ Podium’s contrasting two halves rely on each other. Suburban house collides with prison fence to invoke the needed voices and ever-presence of the incarcerated/detained among the free in a country that locks up 2 million.
Please join us on the lawn every Sunday in July at 2pm for unique performances.