V–A–C Foundation and M HKA engage in a longer-term collaboration by supporting the work of contemporary Russian artists in a variety of way. V–A–C wants to enhance the presence of leading Russian artists, of different generations, in selected European museum collections. M HKA exhibits and collects works by artists from Russia and other countries of the former USSR. The museum focuses on ‘Eurasia’, thereby contributing to the geographic diversity of collecting and programming.

Olga Jitlina

Olga zhitlina portrait by alexander skidan
°1982
Works in Saint Petersburg, RU
Lives in Saint Petersburg, RU
Born in Saint Petersburg, RU

Olga Jitlina is an artist engaged with social issues, combining activism and art in a truly personal way. Her main focus of interest is labour migration and gender problematics which she often treats with humour. The multidisciplinary approach she is using to investigate it results in public space interventions, videos, or fictional narratives, like the Utopian News Agency constituted of a series of articles-mystifications that subvert the current order of things in contemporary Russia and propose an alternative vision of cultural politics, education, social environment, and urban planning. Jitlina is a graduate of the University of Jewish Studies in Philology (2005) and the Russian Academy of Art in Theory and History of Art (2007). She has exhibited and given talks in Russia, Germany, Austria, Finland, Poland, Sweden, and other countries.