EMPOWERING VULNERABILITY, 2023

Exhibition “The New Subject. Mutating Rights and Emerging Challenges of Living Bodies”, Kunsthal NORD, Aalborg, Denmark 2023. Curated by TOK (Anna Bitkina and Maria Veits) and Cathrine Gamst. Photo: Simon Bendix.

EMPOWERING VULNERABILITY, 2006–2023
Textile objects and a series of drawings

The installation presents Gluklya’s body of work, spanning from the post-Soviet context in 2006 to the present day in 2023, all bound together by the theme of politicized vulnerability. It comprises watercolors and conceptual clothing, both of which delve into the darker aspects of femininity. This thought-provoking exhibit invites viewers to contemplate the societal expectations and stereotypical roles imposed upon us.

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Sketches for the Antigone Update 2023

Sketches for the Antigone Update /Installation and Performance at solo -show in Framer Framed , To those who have not time to play 2022-23 

Drawings in relation to the exhibition To those who have no time to play /2023

Framer Framed Amsterdam

Club of Unpredictable Drawing 2023

Performative encounter with PACT + Students

Spontaneous drawing session is dedicated to Well Being.

Wellbeing is an abstract notion and because of the nature of its abstract universality it is open for our interpretations. I propose to think about the wellbeing through the lenses of imagination and unpredictability. Unpredictability can be resolved through the spontaneousness, which in turn can be understood as a result of the freedom to do the action which is coinciding with our entire feeling of truth, which in other turn can be understood as a creation of the entire free space which might lead to the act of the creativity.

The other notion I propose to explore during our encounter is the movement. We are all migrants and defending the idea of the rights of migration we are interested in moving matters. A combination of moving and drawing might bring us to the de-conventionalization of the idea of a drawing as just sitting in one place and focusing on the particularity.

When we are lost the time is our friend.

Practical realization :

The group of 4 students, 2 observers ( Misty and Renee ), several parents ( some of them might be with kids ) and artist Gluklya are gathering in the circle . Gluklya invite everybody to share a thought about well-being. What it might mean for each of us. Gluklya also explain the rule of this session: everybody has to speak not more than 3 min. We will do one or two rounds of speaking like this. One of the Observers is controlling the time and after every 3 min is saying: Clock!

After that, when all the ideas about the well-being is collected, the wests with the drawing tools will be introduced to people and everybody is welcomed to dress them on.

Gluklya will explain the rules: Everybody are invited to move freely in the room, trying to mark the surface of paper by the attached drawing tool.

We might do two sessions: one with closed eyes and other with open eyes

Students are invited to listen carefully one by one each of the parents and write down or record the impressions of different outcome: with open eyes and close eyes.

After the session Gluklya and students and all participants are connecting stains made by unpredictable drawing session together by the red color.

Session finished.

The graphic outcomes might be used by Pact in their future campaigns.

Utopian Unemployment Union /London 23

by invitationto the project Drawing in Social Space Project 2

I was invited to be the Project Artist for ‘Drawing in Social Space Project 2’, a knowledge exchange project with Camberwell College of Arts Fine Art and Drawing Room in London exploring drawing beyond the gallery walls.  

Always feel more friend than a teacher and this workshop fully served this intention, which was exciting!

The outcome of the process was a performative drawing session in St. Michaels Church with the art students and local mothers from PACT, which is a sort of a caring club for local migrant community who are gathering regularly at the church to support their wellbeing. It was the most organic place for the workshop which was planned with and supported by curators Renee Odjidja (Camberwell) and Misty Ingham (Drawing Room).

I proposed to extend the idea of drawing to the scale of the body and came up with the preposition for the original design of the “VESTS WITH ATTACHED PENCILS ” allowing to draw and dance at the same time. The workshop starts with short breathing and movement exercises, which Renee kindly shared with the group, and then we talk using the spiral conversation technique (round talk with the care control over the time) about well-being, and what it means for each of the participants.

I proposed to think about Wellbeing as something which embraced also the dark side of each of us and asked Misty to read part of my proposal for this encounter which was on the abstract notion of wellbeing, spontaneousness and movement. 

“We are all migrants and defending the idea of the rights of migration, we are interested in moving matters. A combination of moving and drawing might bring us to the de conventionalisation of the idea of drawing as just seating in one place and focusing on the particular subject in the classical way.

When we are lost the time is our friend.”

After that, with the help of Irish music, everybody starts to draw on the carefully prepared paper over the windows. Wonderfully, Misty took the initiative to announce the start of this process.

Migrant mothers came with kids and there was a special place for them that was organized so that they can draw as well.

After the drawing session was accomplished and the mothers left us, we talked with students and staff from PACT about the process.

Club of Unpredictable Drawing

Performative encounter with PACT + Students

Spontaneous drawing session is dedicated to Well Being.

Wellbeing is an abstract notion and because of the nature of its abstract universality it is open for our interpretations. I propose to think about the wellbeing through the lenses of imagination and unpredictability. Unpredictability can be resolved through the spontaneousness, which in turn can be understood as a result of the freedom to do the action which is coinciding with our entire feeling of truth, which in other turn can be understood as a creation of the entire free space which might lead to the act of the creativity.

The other notion I propose to explore during our encounter is the movement. We are all migrants and defending the idea of the rights of migration we are interested in moving matters. A combination of moving and drawing might bring us to the de-conventionalization of the idea of a drawing as just sitting in one place and focusing on the particularity.

When we are lost the time is our friend.

Practical realization :

The group of 4 students, 2 observers ( Misty and Renee ), several parents ( some of them might be with kids ) and artist Gluklya are gathering in the circle . Gluklya invite everybody to share a thought about well-being. What it might mean for each of us. Gluklya also explain the rule of this session: everybody has to speak not more than 3 min. We will do one or two rounds of speaking like this. One of the Observers is controlling the time and after every 3 min is saying: Clock!

After that, when all the ideas about the well-being is collected, the wests with the drawing tools will be introduced to people and everybody is welcomed to dress them on.

Gluklya will explain the rules: Everybody are invited to move freely in the room, trying to mark the surface of paper by the attached drawing tool.

We might do two sessions: one with closed eyes and other with open eyes

Students are invited to listen carefully one by one each of the parents and write down or record the impressions of different outcome: with open eyes and close eyes.

After the session Gluklya and students and all participants are connecting stains made by unpredictable drawing session together by the red color.

Session finished.

The graphic outcomes might be used by Pact in their future campaigns.

Drawings in relation to the exhibition To those who have no time to play /2023

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Museum Helmond /NL RESILIENT REBELS 14 October -24 March 2024

Drawing Room, ( UAL) London

September 2023 The show is the result of the project: Drawing in social space, collaboration with UAL students and migrants from PACT, following the method: Utopian Unemployment Union

Zimmerli Art Museum

"The Body Implied" 16 February - 30 July 2024 https://zimmerli.rutgers.edu/ Curator: Stephanie Dvareckas

Solo Show: To those who have no time to play

EXHIBITION OPENING: 13 October, 19:00 ARTIST: Gluklya (Natalia Pershina-Yakimanskaya) SUPPORTED BY: Ministerie van Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschap; Gemeente Amsterdam; AFK; Stichting DOEN; Van Abbemuseum IN COLLABORATION WITH: Moawya Alkhadra BiSCA (Saadat Aitalieva) Shepherd Camara Roger Cremers Liah Frank Natalia Grezina Marianne Koeman Vladimir Rannev Benjamin Roth Gulmira Tursunbaeva Anna Bitkina Shaiymkan Chylgobaeva Kunduz Asanakunova Anisa Ibrayeva Nurlan Alymseitov Dinara Akylova Rahat Bolotbek Kyzy Zayna Ayazbekova Open Line Foundation CURATOR: Charles Esche Framer Framed presents To those who have no time to play, the largest solo exhibition for the Amsterdam-based artist Gluklya (Natalia Pershina-Yakimanskaya), curated by Charles Esche. In keeping with her previous work, the exhibition involves many collaborators from Kyrgyz textile workers and recent migrants to the Netherlands to musicians and writers. The exhibition is structured around four elements, each with its own unique architecture. These are two yurts, a dome, and a stage on which there will be occasional live performances. The works take us from Amsterdam to Bishkek, and via St. Petersburg back to Amsterdam again. Although conditions in Bishkek or St. Petersburg might seem far from Dutch society, bringing these different social and emotional geographies together through art emphasises connections between them. It is impossible to ignore the many disasters looming on the horizon: the climate crisis, extreme social inequality, the war in Ukraine and the harsh working lives of people supplying cheap goods to Western high streets. Gluklya relates it all in a surreal landscape, where humour appears unexpectedly. She takes us on an associative journey through global abuses, whether they be forced labour and migration, economic exploitation or abuse of power. CONTACT: www.framerframed.nl info@framerframed.nl ADDRESS: Oranje-Vrijstaatkade 71, 1093 KS Amsterdam OPENING TIMES: Tue – Sun (12:00 - 18:00) Free Entree

Performance Antigone Update

Performance Antigone Update /2022 was performed first time in Framer Framed Amsterdam on 13 October 2022 at the opening of the exhibition To those who have not time to play, with the speaking clothes and special music composition by Vladimir Rannev. Staring : Liah Frank , Georgia Boddez and  Shepherd Camara

Photos: Marlise Steeman

The book “Two Diaries”

This book emerged as a collaboration with Kurdish activist Murad Zorava, who started to write during this project and I hope he might continue.

In 2017, I was renting a studio in one of the two towers of Bijlmerbajes, a former prison in Amsterdam-Zuid-Oost. The second tower was then used by the government as an Asylum-Seekers-Center (AZC). My plan was to attempt a collaboration with the refugees staying there at the time, among whom was Murad.

During my project in Bijlmerbajes, I was confronted with eye-opening questions: What does equality mean, when it is equality between a refugee and an artist, between – so to speak –trained artist and the person who did not study art at all? Can we imagine rethinking and abandoning the idea of enlightenment? How to deal with the notion of Care without falling into patronization, but soberly staying within the frame of Radical Care? 

At the start of my research, I visited AZC meetings. These were some of the regular lessons provided to the refugees to teach them about the social structure of the Netherlands and what they could expect here. Nothing was said during those meetings about culture and art, let alone contemporary art. This was surprising to me. It felt as if these people were held not equal to us, westerners, as many westerners believe they cannot survive without a breath of cultural or artistic air. Another thing that struck me was the fact of placing people in the environment of a prison: bars on windows, no locks from inside the rooms, no actual privacy, and unpleasant communal places.

Being haunted by this image of Murad in the cell of the former prison, I started to think about what exactly I could do in this situation. During one of the workshops, I proposed participants write a diary, and Murad accepted this idea. I am very happy to hope that the project had a practical outcome in reality. Murad believes that work with the publishing of his Diary helped him to settle down in Amsterdam.

The book can be  purchased here https://www.buchhandlung-walther-koenig.de/koenig2/index.php?mode=details&showcase=1&art=1638030

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