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(she/her, they/them)


  • Founder of “Climoji”—a collaborative interdisciplinary project addressing the causes and symptoms of climate change visualized through humorous emoji icons that can be downloaded by users

  • Founder of “Dear Climate” collective—inviting participants to think differently about climate change and to engage imaginatively with the non-human world of animals, plants, minerals, and bio-geo-physical systems

  • Research-based artist introducing affective work into non-artistic academic disciplines

  • John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellow

  • Creative Capital awardee

  • Marina’s work is in the following museum collections: The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; The Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C.; Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul, Turkey; and The Hunter Museum, Chattanooga, Tennessee


Anthropocene & Posthumanism; Climate Change; Empathy; Global Systems, Trade & Development; Multispecies Ethos & Animal/Nature Rights; Power & Privilege; Science, Technology, Data & Mapping; Systems Thinking & Institutional Structures; Water & Food Practices

Media and participatory practice artist Marina Zurkow connects people to nature-culture tensions and environmental messes, offering humor and new ways of knowing, connecting, and feeling. Her practice—steeped in life sciences and environmental humanities—manifests as food, software, animation, clay and other biomaterials, which she uses to foster intimate multispecies and geophysical connections. She is a founding member of several collaborative initiatives, including Making the Best of It: Nimble Foods for Climate Change, Dear Climate, Climoji, and Investing in Futures.


Marina’s recent solo exhibitions include New York City’s MTA Arts & Design; bitforms gallery, New York; and Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul. Her work has been featured at Storm King Art Center, New York; 21C Museum, Louisville; the 7th Moscow Biennale; FACT, Liverpool; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C.; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; National Museum for Women in the Arts, Washington D.C.; 01SJ Biennial, San Jose; Sundance Film Festival, Utah; and the Seoul Media City Biennial, Korea. Marina’s public art engagements have been supported by Creative Time, New York; LACE, Los Angeles; Montclair Art Museum, New Jersey; The New Museum’s Ideas City, New York; Northern, Minneapolis; The Artist’s Institute, New York; 01SJ Biennial, San Jose, California; Rice University, Houston; Boston University; University of Minnesota, Minneapolis; and Baruch College, New York.


Marina is a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow and has received grants from NYFA, NYSCA, the Rockefeller Foundation, and Creative Capital. She is currently a teaching fellow at Bennington College, and a research fellow at ITP/Tisch School of the Arts. She is represented by bitforms gallery and resides in the Hudson Valley, New York.

I deploy invitations of friendship and humor to decenter the human.

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