Gluklya & Tspalya

14 May - 18 Jun 2011

Installationview, works by Gluklya
Utopian Unemploument Union N1
14 May - 18 June, 2011

In the Attachment Space we introduce a film registration of the Utopian Unemployment Union, a project by the Russian artist Gluklya (full name: Natalia Pershina-Yakimanskaya).

Together with Olga Egorova (Tsaplya), Gluklya is the co-founder of ‘The Factory of Found Clothes’. She works in a frame work of different collective and research projects combining performance, environmental works, situationist action and video. Since 2003 Gluklya is member of the famous artist group “Chto delat? Group/”What has to be done?”, who a.o. recently exhibited at the ICA London (2010), Istanbul Biennial (2009), Van Abbe Museum Eindhoven (2009).

The film ‘Utopian Unemployment Union’ which is being presented at AKINCI relates to a performance, which took place in 2009, a dance of migrant workers together with ballet dancers of the Vaganovskoe Ballet school in St. Petersburg. It is a performance with a structure: first the ballet dancers teach the migrants how to dance, then the roles change.

Though being a member of the group “Chto delat?”, Gluklya has refined her identity within her projects, using installation, performance, video, text and ’social research’ to develop an operational logic of ‘fragility’ as subjectivity antagonistic to that which is the state of things – be that the repressive social and political climate of Russia or the reflexive futilities of international art scenes. Gluklya’s work refers to the tradition of the Russian avant-garde with a close connection to the theatre of Berthold Brecht.

Tags: Chto Delat, Gluklya