In this 5 Questions interview, artist Gluklya (Natalya Pershina-Yakimanskaya), who works between St. Petersburg and Amsterdam, speaks about the importance of specific, local narratives for her work: “The experiments that I am doing… are the only reality, the only narrative that I can imagine.” She identifies feminism and the legacy of the Soviet Union as two critical topics within Russian art in need of further research. Rejecting the “global” in favor of the “international,” Gluklya advocates for the horizontal, grassroots tradition that characterizes much of her site-specific work, which follows in the footsteps of the Russian avant-garde.
Curator Anna Bitkina addresses the expanding role of the curator and art, specifically in Russia, where public space continues to be politically charged.
Curator and writer Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez wants us to look at art history from both sides—the canonical and the traditionally “uncanonical” or those areas and things outside the accepted parameters of a “Western” art history.
Curator Olga Kopenkina describes her curatorial practice, which moves away from grand historical narratives toward specific, national histories producing intersectionalities that she feels are missing in art history today.