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.