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Natalya Pershina-Yakimanskaya (Gluklya)

Born in Leningrad, Natalya Pershina-Yakimanskaya (also known as Gluklya) lives and works in St Petersburg and Amsterdam. Shortly after graduating from the Mukhina Academy of Art and Design, she co-founded the artist collective The Factory of Found Clothes (FFC) which uses installation, performance, video, text and “social research” to develop the concept of “fragility” – relationships between internal and external and private and public. In 2002, they wrote in their manifesto: “The place of the artist is by the side of the weak.” This manifesto shows an important transformation of the artists’ understanding of the сhanging social and political context in Putin’s Russia. FFC worked together for more than 10 years and in 2012 Gluklya took over the responsibility of the group. Since 2003 Gluklya has also been an active member of Chto Delat? group.

In her projects, Gluklya  uses clothes as a tool to build a connection between art and everyday life. Addressing the personal stories of her characters, she analyzes the conflict between the inner world of a person and the political system .The artist’s method of using “clothes” in her project is comparable with using the subject of “meals” in participatory projects, as a tool for developing new methods of communication with communities outside the art world .

In her project “Unemployment Utopian Union” (2012) Gluklya discovers frontiers between inner world and social structure, making visible the conflict between the two. She constructs situations that allow encounters to take place among people from different social groups –  illegal migrants and ballet dancers, pensioners and students, unemployed young men and women, who would not have the opportunity to meet in everyday life. In “Unemployment Utopian Union” she encourages processes of self-organization and learns about the capacity of different minorities and marginal communities for coping with difficult life situations.

Gluklya’s work has been exhibited in Russia and abroad, including at the MUMOK, Vienna (2012);  Shedhalle, Zurich (2011); SMART Project Space, Amsterdam (2011); Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid (2011); Kunsthalle, Vienna (2011); ICA, London (2010); National Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow (2006); Solo show “Wings of migrants,” Gallery Akinci, Amsterdam (2012); Solo show “Utopian Unions,”  MMOMA , Moscow (2013), “Debates on Division: When the Private Becomes Public,” Manifesta 10, Public Program, St Petersburg (2014), “Clothes for Demonstration Against False Election of Vladimir Putin,” 56th Venice Biennale of Art, main project “All the World’s Futures,” curated by Okwui Enwezor (2015).

In 2014 Gluklya was the recipient of a fellowship in visual art awarded  by The Joseph Brodsky Memorial Fund. The fellowship allowed her to spend 3 months in Venice and Rome.

 Selected solo and group exhibitions and projects:


Garden of trust

Visual correspondence between Gluklya and Kati Horna


Red Dress Congress

Artistic Reseach Laboratory Space 1520

Curator Iaroslav Volovod

in colloboration with Igor Kulakov and Valentin Diaconov


They are among us


group show Galerie Weimar

Propoganda Flowers

Can you be revolutionary and still like a flowers

group show NEST / Den Haag

Workshops with We Are Here

Gluklya Studio

McKinney visiting artist to the Eskenazi School of Art

March 2022

McKinney visiting artist to the Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture, and Design

Indiana University – Bloomington

zoom artist talk

Agents of Communication September 2021

 Altyn-Kazyk, Bishkek


Burning the Dress – Purpluscode, Jakarta, 2020

Performative workshop

Realization of Your Dream

Performance in Jatiwangi Art Factory, Indonesia /2020

TrAIN Open Live Event

Presentation of Recent Works and conversation with Poul Goodwin and Djurdja Barlett



Heroins now,group show,Akinci gallery,Amsterdam,NL

Family fiction ,group show in Extra City , Antwerpen

Artist talk , IZOLYACIYA ,Kiev,Ua

In search of Zoya ,video film , War in the museum group show ,Kmytiv museum /named Buhanchuk ,Ukraine ,curated by Nikita Kadan

Russian Beauty ,May My Voice Now,65 years of Russian Culture at Pushkin House,London ,UK

Aunt Maria and her Children ,performance,BARENTS festival,Kirkines, ,Nor

KARNEVALET protest demonstration , Oslo,NOR
KARNEVALET ,exhibition Interkulturelt Museum ,Oslo,NOR

CIRCUS OF TRUTH,curator by Dessislava Dimova ,project coordinator Alberta Sessa , performance in collaboration with :Mira Calix, Andjeas Ejiksson, Olaf Nicolai, Asad Raza, Sislej Xhafa

Artist talk during the presentation of the book Diological Identity by Marten Krenn ,University of Vienna ,Au

Positions #4 , Carnival of the Oppressed Feelings trying to overcome suffering, curated by Charles Esche, Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven, NL

Debates on Division, #5 in the framework of the Russian Turn Series,curated by Anna Bitkina (TOK ) ,BOZAR, Brussels,BE

Behind the Carnival, AKINCI, Amsterdam (NL)


The Fabric of Felicity ,GARAGE ,Moscow,Ru

Carnival of the Oppressed Feelings ,Performative demonstration, in collaboration with TAAK ,Amsterdam, NL

Debates on Division, #5  research and Artist talk in the framework of the Russian Turn Series,curated by Anna Bitkina (TOK ) ,BOZAR, Brussels,BE


It won’t be long now, Comrades! composed by Inga Lace and Katia Krupennikova ,FRAMER FRAMED,Amsterdam,NL

dis/order, art and activism in Russia since 2000, Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen, DL

Manifesten, Collection Display, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, NL

The Return Of Memory, curated by Olya Borissova, Anya Harrison and Sarah Perks, Manchester’s Home, Manchester, UK

What’s New, collection display of work by a.o. Gluklya, donated by private collectors, Museum Arnhem, NL

Utopian Unemployment Union Amsterdam, performance ,preparation for Carnival of Oppressed Feelings, in cooperation with TAAK, Bijlmerbajes, Amsterdam,NL

A Romance with Revolution, ACC Galerie Weimar and Pushkinskaya-10, St. Petersburg, Russia

Disturbance, Kunsthalle der Sparkasse, Leipzig (DE)


 Artist talk during MoMA’s C-MAP (Central and Eastern European Research) meeting, October 11, 2016 , New York, USA

Utopian Unemployment Union of Bologna, GALLLERIAPIÙ, Bologna ,IT

Universal Hospitality: In the City, Wiener Festwochen, Alte Post, Vienna (AU)

Museum on/off, Centre Pompidou, Paris (FR)

Hero Mother, Contemporary Art by Post-Communist Women Rethinking Heroism, Monomentum, Berlin (DE)

Untitled (Two Takes On Crisis): Rien ne va plus? Faites vos jeux!, De Appel, performance Psychoanalytical Cabinet of Coloredin curated byKateryna Filyuk

Onrust 02, Museum Arnhem (NL)

Debates on Division, interactive performance, Stedlijk Buro/ SMBA, Amsterdam (NL)

Debates on Division, Creative Time Summit, Washington D.C. ,USA


“Clothes for Demonstration Against False Election of Vladimir Putin 2011-2015 ,” 56th Venice Biennale of Art, “All the World’s Futures,”

Critical Mass festival & Akinci gallery Garden of Vigilant Clothes, Lopuchin garden , St-Petersburg,Russia 

Art research in GeoAir institution , Tbilisi ,Georgia


Performance “Debates of Division: When The Private Becomes Public” #1as a part of the public program of the European Biennale of Contemporary Art Manifest 10, St. Petersburg, Russia

Russian performance: a cartography of its history , Garag center of contemporary Art, Moscow

Conference “No Radical Art Actions are going to help here…”
Political Violence and Militant Aesthetics after Socialism. 18-21 September 2014, screening, Saint-Petersburg

Artist talks at Chto delat? school , supported  by Roza Luxembourg foundation


Solo show “Utopian Unions,” MMOMA, Moscow

«Final Cut» , performance , MMOMA , Moscow

“Politic of the social in Contemporary art” conference, Tate Modern/screening of “Wings of Migrants” /London/UK

“Living as Form” / Nomadic version /Rendez-vous in boutique/video/ FABRIKA / Moscow

*“Where has communism gone?”/learning play/ Former West / Haus der Kulturen der Welt/Berlin

*“The Translation”/Cabaret Voltaire/Zurich

*“Without Reality There is No Utopia,” Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Franciso,CA


Solo show “Wings of migrants,” Akinci gallery, Amsterdam

Group show “Revolution in The Net,” Cable Factory, Helsinki



/in cooperation with Chto delat? group/ “What is to be done? between tragedy and farce,” Smart project space, Amsterdam.

/Gluklya/ DUMP TIME. For а practice of Horizontality, Shedhalle, Zurich.

Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid, Screening, artist talk.

/Gluklya+Thomas Kasebacher/ “Music here – music there,” Kunsthalle, Brut, Vienna.


“Etats de l-artifice at Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.

Second International Queer Culture Festival, St-Petersburg


*“Chto delat?”/ Vectors of the Possible, BAK, Utrecht.

*“Chto delat?”/ “The Urgent Need to Struggle,” ICA, London.


55 Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Germany.

* “Plug in Nr.51 – Activist Club,” Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven, Holland.

*Scénes Centrales, TriPostal, Lille, France.

“The Greatest Idiot in New Zealand,” MIC gallery, Snow white gallery, Auckland, New Zealand.

*Invisible borders. Lille, France.

*Contour 2009, 4th Biennial of moving image, Mechelen, Belgium.

*Biennale: 2, Thessaloniki Biennale of contemporary art, Thessaloniki, Greece.

* 11th International Istanbul Biennial.


54 Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Germany.

* Food for thought, art festival, Denmark.

*U-TURN, Quadriennalle of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, Danmark.

* Artist-Citizens,” October Salon, Belgrade.

*“Frictions and conflicts,” Museum off Contemporary Art, Kalmar, Sweden.

“Inertia, ” W139, Amsterdam, Holland.

Film festival “Kinoshock, ” Anapa, Russia.

“Zoo,” Contemporary City Foundation, Moscow.


* “Progressive Nostalgia,” KUMU Museum Tallin and Centro per l’arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato, Italy.

Art Mocow Workshops, Moscow.

“Becoming a mother,” Botkyrka Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden.

53 Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Germany.


*“Self Education, ” National Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow.

* “Contested Spaces in Post-Soviet Art,” Sidney Mishkin Gallery, New York.

“Electric Visions” film program screenings at different countries.

“Scarlet sails,” XL Gallery Moscow.


“Human project” (special project in a frame of the 1 Moscow biennale), Central House of Artists, Moscow.

*«Drift. Narvskaja zastava», NCCA, Moscow.

“1960-2000 Collective and interactive works in russian art, ” Tretyakov State Gallery, Krimsky val (special project in a frame of the 1 Moscow biennale)

“Art-Robe:Women artists at the nexus of art and fashion,” UNESCO, PARIS/ (cat.)

* “Russia Redux #1,” Shroeder Romero Gallery, NEW YOURK /USA.

“Kronstadt FOREVER, ” site-specific project, Kronstadt.

International Bienale of contemporary art National Gallery in Prague /Installation “The Strange people never Surreneder.”

HABITAT – VI International Art Exhibition Museum of Contemporary Art (Department of the National Museum in Szczecin).


“Boys and Girls,” Zachenta Gallery, Warsaw (cat.)

“Watch out! Contemporary art from St.Petersburg and Moscow,” Contemporary art Museum, Oslo.

“Garden for the businessmen,” performance, Stokholm.

Dusseldorf residence /Kulturamp, pfoto-performance in KAUFOV.

Bath Art Gallery/ England, Shop of the Utopian Clothes /Installation.


“Life! Aktuelle Kunst aus Petersburg” Forum Stadpark, Graz (cat.)

“Horizons of reality,” MuHKA, Antverpen (cat.)

49 Kurzfilm festival in Oberhausen, Germany (cat.)

“New Start. Contemporary Art from Moscow,” Kunsthalle, Dusseldorf (cat.)

“Projection,” Center for Contemporary Art, Nigny Novgorod.

“The Whites’ Psychoanalytical Room,” XL Gallery, Moscow.

“A New Begining” Kunsthalle Dusseldorf /catalog.

“PLUNDER” culture as material, Dundee Contemporary Arts. Scotland UK.


“Baltic Babel,” Rooseum Center for Contemporary Art, Malmo.

“Davay,” Russian Art Now. Berlin -Vienna /catalogue.

“Snegurochka,” Zachenta Gallery, Warsaw /catalogue, curator Magda Kardash.

“Female Art,” Female artists in Russia of XV -XX centuries, catalogue.Tretyakov Gallery. Moscow.

grants, stipendiums and prizes:

2014 – Fellow of The Joseph Brodsky Memorial Fund, awarded a three-month residency in Venice and Rome

2008 – Grand prix, “Artist-Citizens,” October Salon, Belgrade (projects realised in cooperation with “Chto delat?”

2008 – Prize, Film festival “Kinoshock,” Anapa, Russia.

2007 – Art Prize “Black Square,” Workshops of Art Moscow.

2006 – Nifca, residency program.

2004 – Residency at Office for Contemporary Art, Oslo.

2003 – Jaspis residency, Sweden

2002 – Rave Stipendium at Neue Berlinische Kunstverein.

2000 – Grants from ProArte Institute, Ford Fondation, St. Petersburg and MamaCash Foundation, Amsterdam.

1995, 1996, 1997 – Grants from Soros Contemporary Art Center, St. Petersburg.

* Project with  “Chto delat?”

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