The Six Foot Platform: Pennants and Poets – Jenny Polak
The Six Foot Platform: An experimental residency program presenting work by Brooklyn-based artists on a 6×6 platform at the intersection of Washington and Water Streets. Saturdays from 12-9pm. Presented by the Dumbo Improvement District in Partnership with Brooklyn Arts Council.
Pennants and Poet is an installation and spoken word poetry event. Together with poets from the Fortune Society’s Writers’ Group, Jenny Polak will install 50+ pennant flags on the platform, each one printed with a poem or message from people who have been or are incarcerated. The Pennants were developed through meetings between Writers Group and Hour Children Working Womens’ Group participants and artist Jenny Polak in summer 2020, with additional poetry contributed by people in NYC jails in fall 2020. The combined messages form a powerful and moving collective call for an end to mass incarceration and empathy with the millions affected by it. The pennant form, with its nautical and sporting associations, together create a resilient and celebratory image.