Galerie Blue Square is pleased to present St. Petersburg artist, Gluklya, at SLICK 08. Gluklya is representing herself (Natalia Pershina-Yakimanskaya) and her partner, Tslyapya (Olga Egorova), who founded together the Factory of Found Clothes (FFC) in 1995. This duo today is one of the most active performance groups on the Russian art scene.
The work of the FFC is dedicated to exploring social problems of man as expressed through personal gestures. In evoking the feminine, the maternal, or the infantile, the artists aim at exploring concrete symptoms of social unease. Clothing, as representing the disguised body, has stayed the principal medium of expression during their years of work together.
Today, the evolution of FFC is accompanied by distinct, separate works by each artist in pursuit of intense interaction with daily life and those links that underscore social pathos. Without losing their own auto(irony), Gluklya and Tslapya affirm, "the work of the artist is to become a fighter and not a decorator." Their works, however, have been able to achieve both an aesthetic and social purpose.
At SLICK 08, Gluklya presents her clothing-objects with an accompanying performance involving these clothes, her watercolors, and their videos. A project will also be announced which invites participants to throw themselves into new type of self-discovery based on an item of clothing that will result in creation of an "inside-out" psychological portrait.
Gluklya was born in 1969 in Leningrad, now St. Petersburg, where she continues to live and work. Last year Gluklya + Tslapya won the prestigious "Black Square" prize for their video "Three Mothers".
Extract from the group's 2002 Manifesto:
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 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.
PERFORMANCE AT SLICK
The performance represents the process of choosing clothes for the visitior. We call this process therapeutic. Performers will dress and circulate among patrons of the fair as medical technicians searching for visitors who will participate in the project. The visitors will be asked to come to Galerie Blue Square for a therapeutic session that involves visiting the Shop of Utopian Clothing and selecting items to try on that suit them. First of all, the act of changing clothes is in a sense relaxing and soothing. Secondly, the Shop of Utopian Clothes expresses the functional role of art as it engages human life. As an artist, I see my role as an aid for people struggling against their own fears. The clothing in the store embodies those fears and prejudices that invade the conscience, that transforms us into slaves and that forces us to distrust others. The store is a utopian space where people are not afraid to express their sadness or to confide in others to begin a dialogue. This is like playing a game with social masks. In devoting time to this game, everyone wonders whether it is possible that this or that mask might be in one's personality and whether one hasn't become consumed with mere pettiness.
My assistants and I will speak about each piece of clothing, about its story. In this way, the narration itself shows a dangerous symptom, that of the emphasis placed on the clothing, itself as a mask. With my partner, Tsaplya, we carried out performances of this type in many countries and often worked with people who often have trouble opening up and who later were successful. For this performance at SLICK 08, I have widened the audience to include those who are uninhibited.
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