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. Last year, with the support of the Mondrian Fund and TAAK, Gluklya passionately threw herself into the infamous prison Bijlmer Bajes, temporarily turned into a lively cultural hub, to realize her latest project of the Utopian Unemployment Union Amsterdam. The project included several events and was concluded with a great Carnival of Oppressed Feelings on October 28th, 2017.
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 ‘Positions 4’, curated by Charles Esche, Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven, NL (upcoming in 2018); The Return Of Memory, curated by Olya Borissova, Anya Harrison and Sarah Perks in Manchester’s Home, Manchester, UK (2017); dis/order, art and activism in Russia since 2000, Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen, DL (2017); 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); Artist talk during MoMA’s C-MAP (Central and Eastern European Research) meeting, October 11, 2016 , New York, USA; 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). Gluklya’s work is part of many museum and private collections, including the collection of Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven, NL; Gemeentemuseum Arnhem, NL; Moscow House of Photography, RU; Oslo National Museum, NO; Oslo Contemporary Art Museum, NO; Zimmerly Collection US; Mark Suchek, Lublyana; Archive of the Contemporary Conflict, London, UK; Mузей / State Center Contemporary Art , Moscow, RU; MMOMA, Moscow, RU; Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato, IT; Museum Reina Sophia, Madrid, ES; Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade, RS; The Library of Museum of Modern Art (collection of newspapers), New York, USA.