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:
Art research in GeoAir institution , Tbilisi ,Georgia
Performance “Debates of Division: When The Private Becomes Public” as 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
/Gluklya/ “PENSIONE’S SUPORT,” ART AMSTERDAM.
/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
* THE FIRST URAL INDUSTRIAL BIENNALE OF CONTEMPORARY ART.
*“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?” www.chtodelat.org).
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?”