Gluklya

Born in St. Petersburg, Natalia Pershina-Yakimanskaya (artist name Gluklya) lives and works both in her birth town and Amsterdam. Considered as one of the pioneers of Russian Performance, she co-founded the artist collective The Factory of Found Clothes (FFC) using conceptualized clothes as a tool to build a connection between art and everyday life and the Chto Delat? Group, of which she has been an active member since 2003. In 2012, the FFC was reformulated into The Utopian Unemployment Union, a project uniting art, social science, and progressive pedagogy, giving people with all kinds of social backgrounds the opportunity to make art together. This year, with the support of the Mondrian Fund and TAAK, Gluklya has passionately thrown herself into the infamous prison Bijlmer Bajes, currently a lively cultural hub, to realize her new project Utopian Unemployment Union Amsterdam. The project will include several events during the coming year and will be concluded with a great Carnival of Oppressed Feelings on October 28th.

View Gluklya’s performance of Debates on Division with Anna Bitkina at the 2017 Creative Time Summit here.

Gluklya’s work Clothes for Demonstration Against False Election of Vladimir Putin has been presented at the 56th Venice Biennale of Art, All the World’s Futures, curated by Okwui Enwezor (2015). In 2014, Gluklya was the recipient of a fellowship in visual art awarded by The Joseph Brodsky Memorial Fund.

Work by Gluklya has been exhibited in Russia and abroad in numerous groups shows as well as solo shows, including A Romance with Revolution, ACC Galerie Weimar and Pushkinskaya-10, St. Petersburg, Russia (2017); Disturbance, Kunsthalle der Sparkasse, Leipzig (2017); Hero Mother, Berlin (2016), Universal Hospitality (2016), Vienna; Feminism is Politics, Pratt Institute, NY (2016); Debates on Division: When the Private Becomes Public, Manifesta 10, Public Program, St. Petersburg (2014); Dump Dreams, Scedhalle Zurich, ( 2013); Utopian Unions, MMOMA, Moscow (2013); Reflecting Fashion, MUMOK Vienna (2013 ), Wings of Migrants, Gallery Akinci, Amsterdam (2012)

 

  • Clothes for Demonstation against the false election of Vladimir Putin, 2011-2015, overview All the World's Futures curated by Okwui Enwezor, 56th Venice Biennale

  • Clothes for Demonstation against false election of Vladimir Putin, 2011-2015, overview All the World's Futures curated by Okwui Enwezor, 56th Venice Biennale

  • Garden of Vigilant Clothes, overview AKINCI 2015 (Photo Wytske van Keulen)

  • Mefisto Novo, 2015, mixed materials, 80 x 90 x 130 cm

  • Garden of Vigilant Clothes, overview at Akinci, 2015

  • Drawing for Clothes for Demonstration Against False Election of Vladimir Putin, 2016, part II

  • Drawing for Clothes for Demonstration Against False Election of Vladimir Putin, part II, 2016

  • Garden of Vigilant Clothes, 2015, HD video, 4.07 min (film still)