This winter an exhibition «Resistance Strategies. The strange don’t surrender» by Gluklya (Natalya Pershinina-Yakimanskaya) took place in the Saint Petersburg branch of the State Center for Contemporary Art. Gluklya answered questions of Aroundart.
Olga Zhitlina: In the manifesto of the FFC (Factory of Found Clothes) you and Tzaplya write about sentimentality, but about a non-Hollywood type of it. How can an artist re-appropriate feelings from Hollywood?
Gluklya: We just wanted to work with feelings, and that’s all. The statement was actually written while polemicizing with those artists, who are afraid of working with feelings, because everything is like appropriated by this dirty capitalist world. But if we follow this chaste way, it seems like we’ll fall into hermeticity. Let’s choose our own language (and aesthetics is a language), and let people learn this new language! And at this point I have a question: “How will they actually learn it”? Maybe, we should still leave some codes that will allow people to recognize themselves if they conceive a wish to share the artist’s convictions? Continue reading “Resistance Strategies. The Strange Never Surrender”
The sketch for the up-going performance with migrants from Tadgikistan and artists community in St-Petersburg.I am playing with the forms ,trying to find the perfect image for the performance . The snake mean the ambivalence of the any political idea ,which usually brings people a lot of problems .The idea of multiculturalism sounds very good ,but probably faced with the reality became less attractive .
The sketch for the performance “Migrants and Dancers Unite “. Continuation of my research about migrants Diasporas in St-Petersburg . The drawing was inspired by the migrants death statistic . The statistic shows unbelievable facts of brutal violation and murders toward migrants . The example of such statistics you can find in the document in attachment . In the drawing you can see the one part of the statistic (right corner down)
Kuziboev Hikamatullo Usmanovich
14.01.1976 Dushanbe 01.03.2011 Cause of death: whole-body cold exposure
The drawing is reflecting on the important message in the movie , the alienation from each other between minorities as well as the usual disagreements inside the left communities . In the left corner ,the protagonists of the movie : gipsy , worker ,lesbian and veteran shouting on each other . While the wise wolf in the middle pronouncing : “During your debates the “blacks” already prepared the battle ,and they are ready to attack “.
The group of the white partisans in the right caring the portret of Vincent Van gog ,showing the parallel with the cutting earby Vincent and cutting the finger by the worker in the Belgrad story . They are also showing the slogan : “We wish that they must stop arguing “
The worker is staying with his cutted finger in the left corner up .
THE URGENT NEED TO STRUGGLE
August 31, 2010
Chto delat?, film still from “The Tower: A Songspiel,” 2010
Chto delat? (What is to be done?)
The Urgent Need to Struggle
9-12, 15-19, 22-26, 29 September
3, 6-10, 13-17, 20-24 October 2010
Institute of Contemporary Arts
London SW1Y 5AH
This autumn, the ICA presents the first major project in the UK by Russian collective Chto delat? (What is to be done?). Continue reading “The Urgent Need To Struggle”
1th Prague Bienniale – curator Aleksandra Arhipova, Moscow
The Strange Never Give Up
The installation consists of a) a table with photographs of the “Strange”. Notes and commentaries, written by hand, b) a clothes-hanger with clothes of a special design, projected to reflect the inner world of the “Strange”. Strolling around Narvskaya Zastava, you can find them everywhere. They are everpresent, coursing through the world’s capillaries like blood cells. Usually, the beauty of the “Strange” goes unnoticed, even if there are far more of them than people who live on the borderline, who have nothing left in common with society at large, such as the homeless, lying around on the asphalt, the “Full-Blues”*, who are hardly strange at all; instead, they provoke feelings of horror, pinching sorrow, pity, or anger. The “Strange”, however, provoke a feelings of surprise and exaltation, maybe because these people continue to exist, despite the inescapable poverty of their fate. Just look at how they dress! Their clothing is armored plating, designed to defend us from the heaviness of reality! There can be little doubt that the life of the Strange is reflected in their costumes. I swear: these people are far freer than the “Full-Blues” or that the “Well-Dressed”. The slight madness of the Strange eloquently tells us that they live in their own world; often, they march forward at a determined pace, busily carrying their burden in an elegant plastic bag…