Jenny polak
Since 2005

Jenny Polak is an artist making architectural installation, drawings and web projects. Her designer alter ego, Design For The Alien Within, promotes hypothetical hiding and dwelling places to accommodate people without immigration documents. Posing as modern furniture or infrastructural elements, the works infuse design logic with the dangers of today’s immigration politics. The cultural resonances of visibility and secrecy and the cheery terms of interior design consumption recast immigrant-citizen struggles at home, at work, and in prison. Polak comes from England and family history of hiding and migration drives her work’s preoccupation. She has shown widely and is a recipient of a Franklin Furnace Future of the Present Award and a Digital Matrix Award among others.