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.


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.


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, Shedhalle 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.



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.


Publications / Books