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.
Sunday, July 3 will feature a spoken word performance by artist Silvia Gonzalez. Silvia is an Artist and Educator living in Chicago creating zines and curating workshops to address police violence, labor rights, imagination, play, freedom, and confinement. Collaborative educational and artistic projects include work with local art groups such as the Chicago ACT collective, Hyde Park Dacha and the 96 Acres Project. Silvia has organized educational workshops that centralize creative work with inter-generational participants interested in critically disrupting current power imbalances. Her interdisciplinary practices are rooted in better understanding the processes of healing through tenderness and praxis. More information on Silvia and her work at http://silviaigonzalez.com/.
Please join us on the lawn every Sunday in July at 2pm for unique performances.