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Gluklya (Natalia Pershina-Yakimanskaya)
Born 1969, Leningrad, Russia, Gluklya lives and works in Amsterdam and St. Petersburg.
Shortly after graduating from the Mukhina Academy of Art and Design, Gluklya co‐founded the artists’ collective The Factory of Found Clothes (FFC) with Olga Egorova (artist name Tsaplya). FFC uses installations, performance, video, text and ‘social research’ to develop the concept of ‘fragility,’ which is not ‘beauty’, but invisible strength, the ability to see things which can be easily destroyed by the complexity of life. The relationships between internal and external, always complex and dramatic, became the main theme of the FFC project. In 2002, Gluklya and Tsaplya wrote the manifesto: “The place of the artist is on 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 leadership of the group. She is also a co‐founder of the Chto Delat? group and an active member since 2003.
Recently, she presented her ‘Garden of Vigilant Clothes’ at AKINCI, 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, Zürich (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).
Selected list of works at the collections and archives: Moscow House of Photography / AKINCI, NL / Oslo National Museum, NO / Van Abbe Museum, NL / Oslo Contemporary Art Museum / Zimmerly Collection US / Mark Suchek, Lublyana / Archive of the Contemporary Conflict, London / Mузей / State Center Contemporary Art , Moscow / MMOMA, Moscow / Marat Gelman Gallery / XL Gallery / Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato, Italy / *Museum Reina Sophia, Madrid / *Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade / *MUDAM, Luxemburg / *Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven / *KIASMA, Museum for Contemporary Art, Helsinki / *Disobedience, an ongoing video library / *Index, the Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation / *The Library of Museum of Modern Art (collection of newspapers), New York.