Wings of Migrants
AKINCI proudly announces the first exhibition of Factory of Found Clothes (FFC) presented by the Russian artist Gluklya (Natalia Pershina-Yakimanskaya) with the project ‘Wings of Migrants’.
This project by Gluklya is presented at AKINCI as a ‘transparent research’ and focuses on migrants who come to Russia from the former Soviet Union. Migrants are often used as unskilled and low-paid workers, as a rule displaced to the periphery of society. This closure is determined by the deprived and often illegal status of migrants, as well as by the culture and language differences.
The film ‘Wings of Migrants’ which forms part of the show, is a collective collaboration with the “No dance company” in St-Petersburg. It started from the idea to create a long term project: ‘Theatre for migrants’. There is a historical link to the ‘Proletkult theatre’ (1920) of Ezenshtain and Tretyakov, who went to the GAZ factory (Gazovii Zavod) to play theatre. The idea of FFC was to create an encounter with dancers and migrant workers in order to invite them to become part of an utopian situation where they all can exist together in an equal position. The film was realized in one of the oldest factories in St-Petersburg.
The film ‘Wings of Migrants’ was supported by the Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies, UvA and co-produced with
Dr. Olga Sezneva. Financial support also came from Hugh Scott (Adventures of seeing), free lance curator from the UK and Leyla Akinci, Amsterdam.
Special thanks go to the great artist and feminist, Susan Morlan from the UK, as well as all who participated in the research : No Dance Company, Olga Denisova, Andrei Yakimov from Memorial, Aya Yakimova, Urii Shtopakov ,
Tsaplya Egorova, Angelika Artuh, and others.
Gluklya (Natalia Pershina Yakimanskaya) works within different collective and re-search projects as well as doing her own research combining performance, environmental works, situationist actions, video and direct contact.
Her main focus is working with women and minority groups (migrants, unemployed people, veterans etc.) in Russia and recently in other countries which resulted in performances, actions and films.
Together with Olga Egorova (Tsaplya) Gluklya founded “The Factory of Found Clothes” in 1995. In 2002, they wrote their manifesto: “The place of the artist is at the side of the weak”. (see factoryoffoundclothes.org)
Since 2003 Gluklya is also part of the artist group Chto delat?. This Russian collective, formed in 2003 by artists, philosophers and writers, sees its diverse activities as a merging of political theory, art and activism.
Gluklya’s work has been exhibited in Russia and abroad, including at the VOLTA8, Basel (2012), MUMOK, Vienna (2012). Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden Baden (2011), Shedhalle, Zurich (2011), SMART Project Space, Amsterdam (2011), Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid (2011), Kunsthalle, Vienna (2011), ICA, London (2010), Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2011 & 2009), Thessaloniki Biennale (2009), Museum of Contemporary Art, Kalmar (2008), Botkyrka Konsthall (2007), National Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow (2006).