Gluklya

Gluklya

Carnival of the Oppressed Feelings, Positions 4—curated by Charles Esche, Archives Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (The Netherlands). (Photo: Peter Cox)

 

Work

Gluklya

Biography

Gluklya’s (Natalia Pershina-Yakimanskaya) practice contests power structures in public urban space. Gluklya uses installations, performance, video, text and research to develop her concept of ‘fragility’ – a subject that should be interpreted not in the sense of ‘beauty,’ but in that of ‘invisible strength.’ In her projects, she addresses the personal stories of her characters, analysing them and revealing the conflict between political systems and a person’s inner world.

 

Her work process is playful and her studio often turns into a meeting place where people work together on conceptualizing clothes and making other useable artistic items. In 2017, Gluklya was stationed in the former Bijlmerbajes prison, a unique location where she initiated the Utopian Unemployment Union (UUU), a platform for long-term collaborations with refugees, asylum seekers, students, art practitioners, scholars and other people. Under the umbrella of the ‘UUU’ and in collaboration with TAAK and her collaborators, Gluklya developed the Carnival of the Oppressed Feelings – a protest performance in Amsterdam. This performance is now turned into an exhibition in Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven and on 3 March 2019, a new addition to the Eindhoven Carnival will be made by Gluklya, with the support of Huiskamer Eindhoven and participants from different parts of the world.

 

Gluklya’s oeuvre speaks of indignation and hope. She makes us attentive of injustice and she proposes playful ways through which people can resist injustice. Her work points to hidden tactics that people might invent, with the help of the artist, to empower themselves and navigate through structures of repression.

 

During the 56th Venice Biennale, Gluklya presented forty-three ‘Clothes for Demonstration Against False Election of Vladimir Putin (2011-1015)’ in the exhibition ‘All the World’s Futures,’ curated by Okwui Enwezor.

 

See an interview with Gluklya about her Clothes for Demonstration (…)’, presented during the 56th Venice Biennale here.

 

Click here for a 5-questions interview by MOMA.

 

Work by Gluklya has been exhibited in Russia and abroad in numerous group shows as well as solo shows, such as ‘Positions 4’, curated by Charles Esche, Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven, NL (2018/2019); The Return Of Memory, 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); 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.

 

 

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May My Voice Now
21 June – 27 July

Pushkin House, Bloomsbury Square, London

Curator: Elena Zaytseva, Archivist: Anastasia Koro, Assistant Archivist: Anastasia Volynova

disturbance: witch

curated by Alba D’Urbano and Olga Vostretsova

April 2020 – July 2020

ZAK, Center for Contemporary Art, Berlin, DE

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