Natalia Pershina Yakimanskaya

Natalia Pershina Yakimanskaya

Natalia Pershina Yakimanskaya

Natalia Pershina-Yakimanskaya ‘’Glyuklya’’ was born in Leningrad. She graduated from the department of textile at the High Art – Industrial School named after V. I. Mukhina. Since 1991 she has been a participator of numerous exhibitions in Russia and abroad. In 1995 Natalia and Olga Egorova (Tsaplya) created ‘’A Factory of Found Things’’, FNO for short. They organize performances, make installations, open ‘’A Shop of Travelling Things’’ at 10, Pushkinskaya Street. The main themes of FNO are clothes identified with a man, bodies (female and infant), vulnerability of a person. Among the most famous FNO actions are – ‘’The Neva Gratified’’ when the old clothes were thrown from the helicopter into the water of the Neva between Trinity and Palace bridges, then ‘’In Memory of a Poor Liza’’ there was a jump into the water of the Winter canal (1996), after that ‘’An Illegal Crossing of the Border Line Between Chechia and Germany (from the series of ‘’September Session to Overcome Fear’’) – 1997, ‘’Aloiza and Abeliar or Five Feats of Arms of Submarine’’( the museum ‘’Submarine Narodovolets 2’’ within the festival ‘’Modern Art in the Traditional Museum’’ – 2000. ‘’Dedication to Luis Bourgeous’’(installation and performance in the State Hermitage) – 2001.In 1995 – 1997 and 2000 FNO got grants of Soros Fund. In 1990 FNO was awarded for the best video – performance at the festival VideoMedeya (Novi Sad, Serbia) In 2004 FNO became a winner of the prize ‘’Black Square’’.

The works of Natalia Pershina-Yakimanskaya are in the collections of the National Gallery in Oslo, the Museum of a Woman in Washington, Norton Dodge (Zimmerly Museum, New Jersey, the USA) and in many other private collections.