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Harper Art Installation Marks Anniversary of Berlin Wall Fall

Censorship. Borders. Revolution. The three themes will be presented in visual form as part of a new urban pop art installation at Harper College in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Using wood and paint, Chicago artist Margarita Korol will rebuild the famous wall in vibrant colors that exhume the world views held by Berliners on both sides. The West side, with graffiti images borrowed from the original edifice, screams the experience of citizens in a walled-in city. The East side creatively expresses an entirely different set of images reflective of people caught in totalitarian communism.

This recreation of the Berlin Wall challenges the viewers perspective, Harper German Instructor Kimberly Jaeger says. Korols interpretation of this international symbol enables us to conceptualize the division of a people in new ways.

The Berlin Wall fell in 1989.

Harpers art installation will be exhibited in the Avant Center on the main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine. An opening reception will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Monday, November 2 in Room Z102, Building Z in the Avant Center, and will include remarks from Jaeger and Antony Adolf, author of Peace: A World History.

The event is free and open to the public.

Korols wall will be on exhibit through early January.

Korol arrived in Chicago in 1988 from the Soviet Union; she also has lived in Prague. She uses her artwork to express real-world themes from throughout her life, and often reflects on her own experience breaking out of a totalitarian culture. This is her first installation at Harper.

The College offers a thorough German studies program, including literature and conversation courses.


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