Gluklya at Framer Framed The Netherlands, To those who have no time to play, photo by Eva Broekema




Natalia Pershina-Yakimanskaya (artist name Gluklya) 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 was turned into an exhibition, curated by Charles Esche, in Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven, NL. Click here to see Gluklya introducing the exhibition.


The most recent exhibition was called To those who have no time to play and took place in Framer Framed Amsterdam from Oct. 2022 to Jan 2023. It showed the results of research in Kyrgyzstan and the artists’ different collaborations with migrants in Amsterdam. The research in Kyrgyzstan is particularly important at this time of renewed Russian imperialism as it directly addresses the historic and ongoing colonial exploitation by Russia of indigenous societies in Central Asia. As a result of the research, Gluklya is currently developing the Utopian Union of Bishkek – a strategy to engage the sewing workers of the city in a collaboration with artists under the working title Sanatorium for Seamstresses. Find a portfolio of the exhibition To those who have no time to play here.


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 (2011-2015) 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.


Work by Gluklya has been exhibited in numerous group shows as well as solo shows, such as : To those who have no time to play, Framer Framed, Amsterdam, NL, curated by Charles Esche; ‘Clothes for Demonstration Against False Election Of Vladimir Putin (2011 – 2015)’, Fashion Show, GLUKSMAN, IR; They are among Us, DENANZIATION, ACC Galerie Weimar, DE; Propaganda Flowers, Botanical Revolution, Nest Den-Haag (2021-22) NL; Monument to Modern Slavery, disturbance: witch, ZAK Center for Contemporary Art, Berlin, DE (2020); Corona Diary , Hunger, AKINCI, NL; Care about the Sun, Cristal Clear, Pera Museum, Istanbul (2021) TR; Fotogalleriet, Oslo, NO (2019); Circus Truth BOZAR, Brussels, BE (2019); Intercultural Museum Oslo, NO (2019); Carnival of the Oppressed Feelings joining KARNEVALET, Oslo, NO (2019); Extra City, Antwerp, BE (2019); Carnival of the Oppressed Feelings in Positions 4, curated by Charles Esche, Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven, NL (2018-19); Behind the Carnival, AKINCI, Amsterdam, NL; Manifesta, Palermo, IT (2018); Garage Moskow, RU (2018); Pitzer College Art Galleries, Claremont, CA, USA (2018); 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, DE (2017); A Romance with Revolution, ACC Galerie Weimar and Pushkinskaya-10, St. Petersburg, DE/RU (2017); Disturbance, Kunsthalle der Sparkasse, Leipzig, DE (2017); Hero Mother, Berlin, DE (2016); Debates on Division, Creative Time Summit ,Lincoln Theater ,Washington DC,2016; Universal Hospitality, Vienna, AU (2016); Feminism is Politics, Pratt Institute, New York, USA (2016); Debates on Division: When the Private Becomes Public, Manifesta 10, Public Program, St. Petersburg, RU (2014); Dump Dreams, Shedhalle Zurich, CH (2013); Utopian Unions, MMOMA, Moscow, RU (2013); Reflecting Fashion, MUMOK Vienna, AU (2013), Wings of Migrants, AKINCI, Amsterdam, NL (2012). 


Gluklya’s work is part of many museum and private collections, including the collection of Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven, NL; Muzeum Sztuki w Łodzi; Gemeentemuseum Arnhem, NL; Victoria and Albert Museum London UK; Moscow House of Photography, RU; Oslo Contemporary Art Museum, NO; Zimmerly Collection, USA; Mark Suchek, Ljubljana, SL; Archive of the Contemporary Conflict, London, UK; 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 New York, USA., Centraal Museum Utrecht NL, Sanders Collection a.o.m.



We are proud to share that the book ‘Two Diaries’ by Gluklya and Murad can now be ordered (via DM or email). The book covers the period in which Gluklya & Murad Zorava met in the Bijlmerbajes, when it was used both as an artists’ incubator and an asylum centre. Gluklya (Natalia Pershin- Yakimanskaya) is a visual and performance artist living and working in Amsterdam. Murad Zorava is a Kurdish activist and poet currently living in Europe.


Pages 240

ISBN 9783753302867

Price €25 (for orders)



Published by Walther & Franz König
Editors Charles Esche & Ashley Maum
Producers Framer Framed & Van Abbemuseum
Designer Bardi Haliti


Made possible with support from Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, Mondriaan Fonds, Prinsbernhars Cultuur Fonds, AFK, Blue Square Gallery and AKINCI.


Open Ateliers Jordaan

Performance and screening

18 May- 20 May, 2024

Studio Gluklya (Marnixstraat), Amsterdam, Netherlands


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