By artist Gluklya and curator Anna Bitkina.

During the workshop by artist Gluklya (Natalya Pershina Yakimanskaya) and curator Anna Bitkina its participants will get familiar with curatorial and artistic methods in the field of performance and activism. At the workshop Gluklya will introduce the ‘language of fragility’ concept and will talk about some aspects of her working process, including the use of clothes as a tool to build a link between art and everyday life. Anna Bitkina will outline the role of social curator in the field of politically engaged creative practice and will share her stands on collaborative production between artist and curator.

During the workshop Gluklya and Anna Bitkina will focus on their ongoing performative project ‘Debates on Division: When Private Becomes Public’ which will be used as a case study to talk about socio-political conditions of democracy today and explore the transformative power of art. Project ‘Debates on Division’ started in St Petersburg in 2014 as a response to the annexation of Crimea and escalation of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict. The performance was a reaction to a radical political turn, that changed position of Russia on the geopolitical arena. Since then ‘Debates on Division’ became a nomadic platform exploring different local contexts (St.-Petersburg, Amsterdam, Washington DC, Oslo), developing and exercising an artistic language. As a part of PERFORMATIK ’19 program the new iteration of ‘Debates on Division’ will take place at BOZAR in March 2019 and will address the questions of love, trust, guilt, suspicion, autonomy and freedom. Participants of the workshop will be invited to contribute to the content of the upcoming performance, to share their stories and frustrations related to the current political reality and a crisis of the EU as a political project.

Gluklya (Natalya Pershina-Yakimanskaya) is a pioneer of performance art in Russia, co-founder of the artist collective The Factory of Found Clothes (FFC) which uses installation, performance, video, text and “social research” to develop the concept of “fragility” and relationship between the internal and external, private and public. Since 2003, Gluklya has been a co-founding member of CHTO DELAT art group. Her work has been exhibited in Russia and abroad in group and solo shows, including 56th Venice Biennale, MOMA, NY, Pratt Institute, NY, MMOMA, Moscow, Gallery Akinci, Amsterdam, MUMOK Vienna among others. Currently she is preparing for the upcoming show in POSITIONS #4 curated by Charles Eshe / Van Abbe Museum, the Netherlands.

Anna Bitkina, is an independent curator and a co-founder of the Creative Association of Curators TOK in St Petersburg. Through her curatorial practice Anna aims at contributing to the scholarship on analysis of socio-political processes that happened in Russia and post-Soviet territories after the collapse of the Soviet Union. As an invited curator, lecturer and participant she took part in 3rd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, 2nd Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, Manifesta 10 and collaborated with Russian National Centers of Contemporary Art, V-A-C Foundation in Moscow, De Appel in Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, National Sculpture Factory in Cork, raumlabor in Berlin and CHTO DELAT art collective among others.



DATE OF THE WORKSHOP: 5 December, 2018
TIME: 16:00 –19:00
VENUE: BOZAR Center for Fine Arts, Rue Ravenstein 23, 1000 Brussels
DEADLINE: submissions before 02/12/2018
CONTACTS: send a short motivation letter to the e-mail: ekaterina.kaplunova@bozar.be

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