Gluklya

Gluklya (Natalya Pershina-Yakimanskaya) lives and works in St Petersburg, Russia and Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Considered as one of the pioneers of Russian Performance she co-founded the artist collective The Factory of Found Clothes (FFC) which uses installation, performance, video, text and ‘social research’ to develop the concept of ‘fragility’ – relationships between internal and external and private and public. In 2012, the FFC was reformulated to the Utopian Unemployment Union, a project uniting art, social science, and progressive pedagogy that gives people from different social backgrounds the opportunity to make art together. Since 2003, Gluklya has also been a co-founder an active member of Chto Delat? Group.

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

Gluklya’s work has been exhibited in Russia and abroad in numerous groups shows as well as solo shows, including Wings of Migrants, Gallery Akinci, Amsterdam (2012); Utopian Unions, MMOMA, Moscow (2013), Reflecting Fashion, MUMOK Vienna , (2013 ), Dump Dreams, Scedhalle Zurich, ( 2013); Debates on Division: When the Private Becomes Public, Manifesta 10, Public Program, St. Petersburg (2014), Hero Mother, Berlin (2016), Universal Hospitality (2016), Vienna; Feminism is Politics, Pratt Institute, NY (2016) as well as Clothes for Demonstration Against False Election of Vladimir Putin, 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.

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 the Oppressed Feelings’.

  • 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)