Carren's Pitch

Life by Design

I love Olga's work because she is courageously political, while also retaining her compassion for the people she's giving voice to. Her latest work is on the Los Angeles River and delves into the growing complexities in the area. 

Text and Photos by: Carren Jao
Edited by: Drew Tewksbury
Published: 11 Dec 2014, Artbound

As the sun turned a deep red orange on the horizon, silver-caped bodies dashed, bounded, strolled around a graffiti covered 126-foot diameter train turnaround, outfitted with twelve equidistant canopies installed in the round and bisected by a large table made from trash found along the site.

Metal music blared from the speakers in the center, as the players (who were really draped in silver thermal blankets) alternately held up signs that daringly stated "Hands up, don't shoot," "I can't breathe," or whimsically depicted a sun, a moon, or a rabbit.

As the music calmed down, the melody switched to "Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings' "This Land is Your Land" while the players slowly made their way below the canopied cavity of the roundhouse, placeholders for the wanderers perhaps that have sought shelter in the very same spots. [read more]


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