The Factory of Found Clothing (Gluklya and Tsaplya), also known as FNO, is a group that was founded in 1996 by two Petersburg artists, Natalia Persina-Yakimanskaya (Gluklya) and Olga Egorova (Tsaplya). The group's work examines the gender problematic in various media such as performances, environmental works, installations, films and various forms of collective work (seminars, lectures, workshops, etc.) Gluklya and Tsaplya are members of the workgroup Chto delat/What is to be done?

Our project began as a seminar with five girls, at which we discussed key words from a quote of the Brazilian educator Paolo Freire. The seminar resulted in a video and a collection of clothes dedicated to these phrases. The clothes were made by the girls, as in the basic principle in most projects by the FNO Shop of Utopian Clothing.

Gluklya was born in 1969 in Leningrad.  Today, she lives and works in Amsterdam, NL and St. Petersburg.  She graduated from the Mukhina Academy of Art and Design in 1991.

Tsaplya was born in 1968 in Khabarovsk. She attended The Repin Academy of Art in St. Petersburg where she continues to live and work.

Bologna Unemployment Utopian Workshop

FR- La Fabrique des Vêtements Trouvés (30 KB)


The place of the artist is on the side of the weak.
Weakness makes a person human, and it is by overcoming weakness that heroes are born.

We do not extol weakness, but rather appeal to kindheartedness and humanity. The time has come to return compassion to art!

Compassion is an understanding of the weakness of others and a joint victory over that weakness. You cannot call it sentimentality.

It is Freedom standing on the barricade with naked breast, defending the child in each of us!
You say that art is only for the very smart, that it’s an intellectual game? That there is no place left for true impact, that strong emotions belong exclusively to Hollywood? It’s not true! Because in that case, art would be meaningless, cold, incapable of extending a helping hand.
Art is not an abstract game but an adventure; not cold rationalism, but live emotion. The artist is not a mentor or tutor, but a friend; not a genius, but an accomplice. Rather than enacting didactic social projects, we must help people to stop fearing themselves, help them to accept themselves and grow better. Society is made up of people. Only by helping these people follow the path of self transformation, do we change society.

There is no other way.

FR- Manifeste (13 KB)


Project by the Factory of Found Clothing (FFC)

Why does man seem to want to possess his own portrait?  Desire for immortality?  Self-love?

Evidently.  But this desire also has a direction.  For a long time man has been portrayed by the exterior gaze.

The desire to create extracts itself from the ego and of seeing oneself, one and one's existence, from another viewpoint perhaps the most beautiful human trait, although it has not yet been fully explored.  What are the chances for those that do not possess a curiosity of this kind to profoundly and truly love?  Over many centuries, artists have made portraits of their contemporaries, but how is this possible today?

Clearly, one who sits immobile in an artist's studio in front of an artist in a beret cannot translate today's cataclysms.  This is why we invite you to use an entirely new method of creation for your portrait.  Communication appears to us to be a link that often fails in life.  It often is not about a discovery, but about a constant in the character, made immortal by philosophers, writers, poets, and artists.  This is why communication plays an important role in our project.  

Our project is justifiably devoted to the art of the relationship to the other and to the comprehension of this relationship.  To speak properly, we invite you to throw yourself into an adventure at the end of which an unexpected glance towards YOU waits for you, and looks inside you.  A glance from outside, and not from within, it promises an apparent discovery that communicates to you the discovery that comes from his lover when this communicates to you something that you did not know about yourself, that is far from being flattering but is closer to reality, something that can be used like an object for understanding yourself, from an unexpected point of view, which can bring to you the joy or pain of rebirth, but which will not lie to you for profit of its own purposes.  In other words, the portrait is that which belies the research of that which is hidden and the interior of man from under his deceptive surface.  These are the traps set up by our self-love: to overcome them is the purpose of the creation of our portrait.  We invite you to throw yourself into this adventure, in creating for you a psychological portrait based on an item of clothing that will result in your inside-out portrait, your portrait unlike any that you have seen, yet depicting how you are in reality.  The successful portrait demanded of you makes a victory of yourself, or at least the courage to regard it in a critical fashion. This is an important function of art, which can help us overcome this state of ourselves and society, and that according to the wise observation by Michel Houellebecq is composed of two measures: simply stated as the relationship between eroticism and money.

But, perhaps something else again?


FR- Votre Portrait (32 KB)

selected exhibitions

Installation After Carnival, Intercultural Museum, Oslo, NO

Debates on Division #5, Performatic Festival, BOZAR, Brussels, BE

Positions 4, curated by Charles Esche, Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven, NL

The Fabric of Felicity, Garage, Moscow, RU

Carnival of Oppressed Feelings, Amsterdam, NL

Debates on Division, Creative Time Summit, Washington, DC 

All the World's Futures, curated by Okwui Enwezor, 56th Venice Biennale

Utopian Dreams, Installation, MMOMA, Moscow

Sheep and Dreams, Video & Performance, with Susan Morland, Pushkin House, London

Wings of Migrants screening at Tate Modern conference, Politic of the Social in Contemporary Art, London

Where has communism gone? Play at Former West, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin

The Translation, Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich

Without Reality There is No Utopia, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA

Otto Runge residency, Hamburg

Volta 8, Basel, solo exhibition with Akinci Gallery

Reflecting Fashion, MUMOK Vienna Austria

State Hall, Baden-Baden, Germany

State Hall, Zurich, Switzerland

Museo Reina Sophia, Madrid, Spain

Pensione's support, Art Amsterdam

Music here - music there, Kunsthalle, Vienna, (with Thomas Kasebacher)


Chto delat? What is to be done? The Urgent Need to Struggle. ICA, London

Performance of the Utopic Union of Unemployment for Les Nuits Slaves of Kusmi Tea at Galerie Blue Square

Utopic Union of Unemployment Performance
, Saint Petersburg

Chto delat? (What is to be done?) - The Urgent Need to Struggle, second International Queer Culture Festival, St-Petersburg; Institute of Contemporary Arts, London

East/West Through, 12 Hour Difference - With Women Artists' Eyes (Collective Exhibition), Zero Field Art Center, Beijing

55 Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Germany

Plug In #51 - Activist Club, Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven, Holland

Scènes Centrales, Tri Postal Europe XXL, lille3000, Lille, France

"The Greatest Idiot in New Zealand" MIC gallery, Snow white gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

11th International Istanbul Biennial

Galerie Blue Square at the Contemporary Art Fair SLICK08

Frictions and conflicts - Cultural Influences and Exchange in Northeast Europe, Kalmar Konstmuseum, Stadsparken, Sweden

Inertia at W139, Amsterdam

54 Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Germany

Food for thought, Art Festival, U-TURN, Quadriennalle of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, Denmark

Artist-Citizens, October Salon, Belgrade

Film festival Kinoshock, Anapa, Russia

Zoo, Contemporary City Foundation, Moscow

National Contemporary Art Prize “Black Square”, Art Moscow studios

Becoming a mother: The work of care in contemporary capitalism; Botkurka Konstholl, Stockholm

Progressive nostalgia; Contemporary Museum Prato, Italy,Tallin

53 Kurzfilm Festival in Oberhausen, Germany (cat.)

Self-Education; National Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow

Contested Spaces in Post-Soviet Art; Sidney Mishkin Gallery, New York 
– screenings at «Electric Visions», Switzerland, Finland, France

Scarlet sails, XL Gallery Moscow

Human project (Moscow biennale), Central House of Artists, Moscow

Drift. Narvskaja zastava, NCCA, Moscow

1960-2000 – Collectivity in Russian Art, Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

Art-Robe:Women artists at the nexus of art and fashion, UNESCO, Paris/ (cat.)

Russia Redux #1; Shroeder Romero Gallery, New York

Kronstadt FOREVER; site-specific project, Kronstadt


The Strange people never Surrender; International Bienale of Contemporary Art National Gallery, Prague

Factory of Found Clothes, White Space Gallery, London
Boys and Girls; Zachenta Gallery, Warsaw (cat.)

Watch out! Contemporary art from St.Petersburg and Moscow; Contemporary Art Museum, Oslo

Life! Aktuelle Kunst aus Petersburg; Forum Stadpark, Graz (cat.)

Horizons of reality; MuHKA, Antverpen (cat.)

49 Kurzfilm Festival in Oberhausen, Germany (cat.)

New Start; Contemporary Art from Moscow Kunsthalle, Dusseldorf (cat.)

Projection; Center for Contemporary Art, Nizhny Novgorod

White's Psychoanalytical Room; XL Gallery, Moscow

Baltic Babel; Rooseum Center for Contemporary Art, Malmo
Davay; Russian Art Now. Berlin -Vienna /cat

107 fears of B.G.; State Hermitage, dedicated to Loise Bourgeois

Magic Room; Installation, interactive multimedia performance, HELSINKI-2000

PRO ARTE INSTITUTE PROJECT contemporary art in the traditional museum. St. Petersburg

Memory of the Body, Vienna-Helsinki, Installation "A Secret room "/ cat


2017 - TAAK and Mondrian Fund for Utopian Unemployment Union, Amsterdam

2014 - Joseph Brodsky Memorial Fellowship Fund

2007 – National Contemporary Art Prize “Black Square”, Art Moscow Studios

2006 – Nifca, residency program

2004 – residency at Office for Contemporary Art, Oslo

2003 – Jaspis residency, Sweden

2002 – Rave Stipendium at Neue Berlinische Kunstverein

2000 – grants from ProArte Institute, Ford Fondation, St. Petersburg , MamaCash Foundation, Amsterdam

1995, 1996, 1997 - grants from Soros Contemporary Art Center, St. Petersburg


Afterall review of Positions 4, Van Abbemuseum, 24 July 2019

Praxis interview, 15 August 2017

Artspace, 6 May 2015

Venice Biennale 2015, video interview with the artist

Art Margins
, 12 January 2016

three mothers and a chorus-a film by Gluklya+Tsaplya, 2007

gluklya at van abbemuseum, 2019

Carnival of Oppressed Feelings video interview for Van Abbemuseum exhibition, 2019

gluklya at venice biennale, 2015

Video interview with Gluklya for Venice Biennale installation of Clothes for Demonstration Against the False Election of Vladimir Putin

 Gluklya : Homeless Coat 2005 beads, fabric Prague Biennale catalogue 2005
 Gluklya : In Memory of Poor Lisa 1996 Performance Video Still
 Gluklya : Robe Class 2007 Fabric & photo silkscreen
 Gluklya : 107 Fears 2001 Installation and Performance, State Hermitage, Dedicated to Louise Bourgeois Photo Video Still
 Gluklya : 107 Fears 2001 Installation and Performance, State Hermitage, Dedicated to Louise Bourgeois Photograph and Video Still
 Gluklya : From the video: Three Mothers and a Chorus 2007 Video Still
 Gluklya : I love you, but... 2007 Watercolor on paper 21 x 30 cm
 Gluklya : Blue Vest 2009 Fabric & Beads
 Gluklya : I will bring you life... 2007 watercolor on paper 21 x 30 cm
 Gluklya : The End 2007 Watercolor on paper 21 x 30 cm
 Gluklya : Bottes rouges SOLD
 Gluklya : 8 March 2008 Watercolor on paper 55 x 75 cm
 Gluklya : White Dress 2007 watercolor on paper 21 x 30 cm
 Gluklya : Triumph of Fragility 2002 Video Still
 Gluklya : I cannot... 2007 watercolor on paper 21 x 30 cm
 Gluklya : Utopic Unemployment Union 2009 Performance/Video
 Gluklya : Dress for Listening 2009 Fabric & beads
 Gluklya : Gluklya & Tsaplya 2009 Performance

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