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Urban Pop Art Projects is Margarita Korol's brand of fresh design. The art studio is headquartered in New York City with bases in Chicago and Los Angeles. Her mark has been made in the design, publishing, music, and nonprofit industries. Named Best New Visual Artist of 2013 by the Chicago Reader, Margarita's exhibits with her signature humanitarian angle aimed at doing social work have put Urban Pop Art Projects on the map. Updating the Soviet Jewish immigrant experience in the contemporary public eye, her award-winning Spoils of War: Ode to a Refusenik Mother project, featuring a poster exhibit, published poem, produced musical track, video, and book available on Amazon is a multimedia experience covered by the media as doing important social work. Explore her other social propaganda exhibits and more.
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Margarita is an artist and social innovation designer engaging people in struggles with the social systems around them. 


ON VIEW NOW: dOGUMENTA (2017)

dOGUMENTA runs August 11 to 13 at Brookfield Place in downtown Manhattan. The show will feature works commissioned by 10 New York City artists—Korol, for example, is addressing the anxiety and fear dogs experience by incorporating recordings of “murmured sweet nothings” that she uses to comfort her own dog. (Newsweek)

(Brookfield Place, New York City)

 



ABOUT MARGARITA

Born the week of Chernobyl in Ukraine to Jewish refuseniks (political refugees fleeing oppressive Soviet persecution in the 70s and 80s), Margarita’s focus on empowering individuals in disadvantaged struggles against the social and political systems around them is an ongoing theme in her work.

She began exhibiting in New York in 2011 when she launched the “Transparency Project” at the KGB Bar to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Chernobyl. In 2012, the publication of her book “Spoils of War: Ode to a Refusenik Mother” led to a solo show during New York’s Russian Heritage Month at The National Arts Club as well as a City of New York Citation of Worth for art, design, and writing.

A native of Chicago, Korol was named that city’s Best New Visual Artist in 2013. She has shown her “Immigrating City” installation at Chicago’s Ravenswood Tap gallery and her “Die, Mauer” installation at Harper College’s 20th anniversary commemoration of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Korol’s work is held in private and public collections including the DANK Haus German American Cultural Center Chicago and Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz Cultural Center New York. She has been Artist in Residence at Intel’s Maker Education Initiative and currently applies her MFA in Design for Social Innovation (School of Visual Arts) and BS in Anthropology (Loyola University Chicago) to her work as founding studio manager of AdaptLab Productions, a video production house supporting the careers and works of filmmakers with learning differences.

She lives and works in Washington Heights, NYC, with her Jack Russell terrier Squirt Lion Patelito. Margarita can be reached at the AdaptLab Productions studio.

 


PAST PROJECTS: Immigrating City (2007)

Embracing all of our immigrant roots in Chicago 

(Ravenswood Tap, Chicago)

 

 

 

 

Die, Mauer (2009)

Feeling empathy towards people behind totalitarian walls 

(Harper College, for their 20th anniversary celebration of the fall of the Berlin Wall, now housed at the DANK Haus German Cultural Center, Chicago)

 

 

 

Drunkdial Your Senator (2011)

Empowering American citizens to demand transparency and be active in their democracy 

(KGB Bar, National Arts Club, New York City)

 

 

 

 

Spoils of War (2012)

Updating the post-Soviet Jewish identity in America. Citation of Worth from the State of New York for contributions as a writer, artist, and designer.

(National Arts Club, Tablet Magazine, New York City)

 

 

 

 

Intel/ Maker Education Initiative (2013)

Persuading Chicagoans that we all have enormous creative potential energy inside. Award for Community Engagement  

(Intel, Lincoln Park)

 

 

 

siblingsfor.life (2016)

Helping bereaved siblings and others to keep celebrating life 

(School of Visual Arts, New York City)

 

 

 

 

AdaptLab Productions (2017)

Co-founder of a video production company with a filmmaker with learning differences that is launching the careers of a team of producers and creating access to others with these career goals.  

(JCC Manhattan Center for Special Needs, New York City)