‘Debates on Division’

Here is more about the project:
‘Debates on Division’ is an interactive performance and an ongoing project that Gluklya (curator Anna Bitkina ) have been conducting since 2014 in different places and with different local contexts. First time the performance was presented as a part of the public program at Manifesta 10 in St Petersburg and was closely connected to the post-Soviet conditions in contemporary Russia, the annexation of Crimea and Russian-Ukrainian conflict that was escalating at that time. Since then the project became a nomadic, discursive and performative platform and was conducted internationally.  Following iterations of ‘Debates on Division’ opened up discussions around the world refugee crisis (Amsterdam, 2016, SMBA – Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam), on political tensions in a pre-Trump USA before the presidential elections (Washington DC, 2016, Creative Time Summit) and on the future of Europe from a position and agency of the younger generation within current post-neoliberal conditions (Oslo, 2017, RAM Gallery and Public Library in  Grünerløkka).

Every production is a different, locally inspired and made production. The Debates present a further development in the art practice of Gluklya.

The performance evolves around personal stories of individuals that talk about their Entire Divisions, raising the contradictory relationship with the society using a Cloth (a piece of their garderobe) as symbolic expression of it . Most important is story of the Individual that had a significant meaning in their lives. The Clothes is the form of these story reflecting the vulnerability of our lives and the same time qustionaring the issue of status as predicat. In the past Gluklya often used clothes as a main medium and as a tool to build a link between art and everyday life. For this project the project initiator takes   personal stories of local people, and tries to create a public forum for individual voices and reflections upon the impact of public policy on people’s lives. The project consists of two parts – a performance in a format of a TV talk show that takes place in a theater/gallery space and then it’s followed by a procession outside, in a public place, on a street.

At the moment we are working on a new version of ‘Debates of Division’  that will be presented in October 2018 in BOZAR. In the upcoming performance we would like to continue to study the current conditions of democracy in contemporary Europe,  and have a closer look at the European Union headquarter, its political and social structures. The main themes for the new work will be questions of autonomy, freedom, love and feeling of Guid, where the EU and its transitional situation, will be a central subject of research. 

In order to get a deeper understanding of the social, political and emotional climate in the capital of the European Union, project initiators plan to take interviews from politicians and LGBT community .


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‘Debates on Division: When the Private Becomes Public’

Performance and a silent procession along Nevskiy Prospekt

Artist: Gluklya (Natalia Petshina-Yakimanskaya)
Curator: Anna Bitkina
Creative Association of Curators TOK

July 13, 2014

Venue: Alexandrinskiy Theater, New Stage
Address: Fontanka Embankment, 49 A, Metro Gosninuy Dvor