Olga Jitlina

Artist

Istanbul, Turkey

Olga Jitlina’s projects employ non-conventional platforms to explore issues of human rights, specifically that of nationalism and neo-nazism in Russia. Jitlina’s collaborative project The Land of Opportunity (2012) takes form as a board game that explores the destinies of the millions of immigrants who come annually to the Russian Federation from the former Soviet Central Asian republics to earn money. It lays out a litany of potential traps and consequences that migrant laborers face, if they fail to navigate a tortuous web of regulations and informal expectations, from lost wages to police beatings. Co-created and designed by human rights activist Andrey Yakimov, Anti-Discrimination Centre “Memorial”, The Land of Opportunity has become a tool that is given to new migrants to inform and help guide their immigration to Russia. As part of her residency at the School of Theory and Activism in Bishkek in 2011, Jitlina inaugurated the new progressive political party “Polyandry Party of Kyrgyzstan” which is focused on gender equality, and launched a media performance titled Week of Silence that plays on Russia’s recent abortion restriction law.