Born in St. Petersburg (1969) Natalia Pershina-Yakimanskaya (artist name Gluklya) lives and works in Amsterdam and St -Petersburg. Considered as one of the pioneers of Russian Performance, she co-founded the artist collective The Factory of Found Clothes (FFC) using conceptualized clothes as a tool to build a connection between art and everyday life and the Chto Delat Group, of which she has been an active member since 2003. In 2012, FFC was reformulated into The Utopian Unemployment Union, an inclusive project uniting art, social science, and progressive pedagogy, giving people with all kinds of social backgrounds the opportunity to make art together with the help of artist method embracing the human Fragility. In 2017, Gluklya passionately threw herself into the research of the Integration politics and it s implications for newcomers and rent for these purpose the studio at the former prison Bijlmer Bajes. The long term project was concluded with the performative demonstration Carnival of Oppressed Feelings on October 28th, 2017 and presented in the Van Abbe museum in 2018-2019 within Positions-4 .
Gluklya’s work Clothes for Demonstration Against False Election of Vladimir Putin has been presented at the 56th Venice Biennalle of Art, All the World’s Futures, curated by Okwui Enwezor (2015).