Born in Leningrad, Natalia Pershina-Yakimanskaya (artist name Gluklya) lives and works in St- Petersburg and Amsterdam. Gluklya and Olga Egorova (Tsaplya) co-founded the artists’ collective Factory of Found Clothes (FFC) in 1996. The artists used art and social research to explore concepts of gender and “fragility” through participatory experiences, installation, performance, video and text. An important manifesto “The place of the artist is on the side of the weak” was written by FFC in 2002. The manifesto reveals the artists’ understanding of the importance of social transformation (and political context) in Putin’s Russia. Since 2003, Gluklya has also been an active member of the group Chto Delat? (What is to be Done?). This group has participated in many exhibitions and political debates worldwide.
Gluklya often uses clothing as a tool to build connections between art and everyday life. Addressing the personal stories of her characters, she analyses the conflict between the inner life of a person and the political life of the world (as in the performance ‘Debates of Division: When The Private Becomes Public’, 2014). 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 communicating with others not in the art world.
Recently, Gluklya received a fellowship in the visual arts, awarded by The Joseph Brodsky Memorial Fund. The fellowship allowed her to spend three months in Venice and Rome. While in Venice, she conducted extensive research for her new site-specific project ‘Gondola Pravda Tour’ curated by Okwui Enwezor for 56th Venice Biennale (2015).
Gluklya’s work has been exhibited internationally. She contributed to the Critical Mass Festival and the public program of Manifesta 10, and was part of the exhibition ‘All the World’s Futures’, curated by Okwui Enwezor, during the 56th Venice Biennale (2015). In 2014, Gluklya was awarded a fellowship in art by the Joseph Brodsky Memorial Fund. In 2013, she presented her solo show ‘Utopian Unions’ at the Museum of Modern Art Moscow. Group exhibitions include the Museum of Modern Art, Arnhem (2014); Hermitage Museum, Amsterdam (2013); 10th Krasnoyarsk Museum Biennale (2013); MUMOK, Vienna (2012); Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden Baden (2011); Shedhalle, Zurich (2011); SMART Project Space, Amsterdam (2011) with Chto Delat; Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid (2011); Kunsthalle, Vienna (2011); ICA, London (2010) with Chto Delat, and the National Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow (2006). Her works are held in various private and public collections as well as national archives, including Reina Sofia (Madrid), The V&A (London), Van Abbe Museum (Netherlands) and many others.