Workshop. Migrants and Migration in Contemporary Art

Lecture Cycle. Alexander Bikbov: The City from the Inside
20 June 2017


Participants will speak about aesthetic and practical issues relating to the debate about migration in contemporary art.

Social hierarchies and contemporary art discourse are closely intertwined. Because of its immense political and demographic importance, the figure of the migrant has been largely abused by the Russian media as a symbol of alienation and danger. The subject of migration also remains at the periphery of art critique. Contemporary art, documentary theatre, and cinema, however, offer some very interesting works that explore migration experiences and migrants’ life in Russia. Leaving prejudice aside, those works turn to the reality of the migrant’s life and deconstruct cultural clichés about it. The workshop includes discussions and interaction with visitors.  


Vsevolod Lisovsky is a director, script writer, and TV producer. Since 1988, he has collaborated with art groups Art or Death and Non-Governmental Control Commission. His shows staged at Theater.doc in Moscow include Akyn Opera, which featured non-professional actors, including migrant workers—cleaners and builders—from Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. He lives and works in Moscow.

Anna Moiseenko is a film director, cinematographer, founder of the Cineminers art group. She graduated from the Sholokhov Moscow State University for the Humanities and finished Marina Razbechkina and Mikhail Ugarov’s School of Documentary Film. Author of the films Winter, Go Away! (2012), S.P.A.R.T.A. (2013) and Songs of Abdul (2016); curator of the Pamir-Moscow Festival of Cultures (2017). Laureate of the Flahertiana International Festival of Documentary Film, the Texture International Theater and Film Festival (2012), the Lisbon and Estoril Film Festival (LEFF), winner of the Russian Film Critics award in the Opening of the Year nomination, and other awards. She lives and works in Moscow.

Haim Sokol is an artist and teacher at Moscow’s Rodchenko School of Photography and Multimedia, member of editorial board at the Khudozhestvenny Zhurnal magazine. Laureate of the professional award Soratnik (2009), nominee for the Innovation Prize (short-listed in 2008 and 2014) and the Kandinsky Prize (long-listed in 2014). Contributor of multiple exhibitions in Russia and abroad, including the 2nd Kiev Biennale (2015), the 1st Kochi-Muziris Biennale in India (2012), and the 3rd Moscow Biennale (2009). He lives and works between Moscow and Jerusalem.

Olga Zhitlina is an artist, founder and editor of the Utopian News Agency, editor of the Nasreddin in Russia newspaper, author of the table game about labor migration named “Russia is the Country of Possibilities”. In her practice, she explores the themes of migration, language, translation and interpretation, and cultural politics. Participant of the Public and the Education Programs of Manifesta 10 (St Petersburg, 2014), the Parallel Program of the Moscow Biennale, the 1st (Stop! Who’s Coming?) and 2nd Moscow International Biennales of Young Art, the Creative Time Summit, etc. Winner of the Hans and Lea Grundig Prize (2015) and the Henkel Young Artists Prize (2012). Since 2014, Zhitlina has been collaborating with the Lampedusa in Hamburg group of refugee activists, contributing to the theatrical project Translation, based on Andrey Platonov’s novella Dzhan. Based in St Petersburg, she works in Russia, Germany, Finland, Italy, and other countries.

how to take part

Free admission with advance registration


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