Dread Scott & Jenny Polak

Artists, US

Dread Scott makes revolutionary art to propel history forward. In 1989, the entire US Senate denounced and outlawed his artwork and President Bush declared it "disgraceful" because of its use of the American flag. His work has been exhibited/performed at the Whitney Museum, MoMA/PS1, BAM Fisher and galleries and street corners across the country.
Jenny Polak makes site/community responsive art that reframes immigrant-citizen relations, amplifying demands for social justice. She examines detention centers, racial profiling, and strategies for surviving hostile authorities. Her work has been supported by NYFA, the Graham Foundation and Franklin Furnace. The couple's collaborations on state violence and transgression complement their solo work. 


"Passes" was a collaborative artwork that focused on the intersections of contemporary immigration from North Africa and the Middle East to Europe, with the legacy of forced migrations of the slave trade. It drew on Marseille's role as a fulcrum for both forms of exchange. Their research for the project involved visiting people and places of the 21st century's northward migration, and examining historic records of leading 19th century Marseilles people-trader MM. Regis. They highlight the personal and cultural costs and benefits of "papers" in migrants' lives.

Welcome to America

Dread & Jenny were in residence at the Camargo Foundation from May 15 to June 15, 2017 with support provided by Jerome Foundation and Art Matters.