About the part that art plays in a globalising society

Framer Framed

To those who have no time to play Door / By Gluklya

14 Oct –
22 Jan 2023

Exhibition: To those who have no time to play

Framer Framed presents To those who have no time to play, the largest solo exhibition for the Amsterdam-based artist Gluklya (Natalia Pershina-Yakimanskaya), curated by Charles Esche. In keeping with her previous work, the exhibition involves many collaborators from Kyrgyz textile workers and recent migrants to the Netherlands to musicians and writers. The exhibition opens on the 13th of October and can be visited between 14 Oct – 22 Jan 2023.

Opening: 13 October, 19:00-21:00
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The exhibition is structured around four elements, each with its own unique architecture. These are two yurts, a dome, and a stage on which there will be occasional live performances. The works take us from Amsterdam to Bishkek, and via St. Petersburg back to Amsterdam again.

Although conditions in Bishkek or St. Petersburg might seem far from Dutch society, bringing these different social and emotional geographies together through art emphasises connections between them. It is impossible to ignore the many disasters looming on the horizon: the climate crisis, extreme social inequality, the war in Ukraine and the harsh working lives of people supplying cheap goods to Western high streets. Gluklya relates it all in a surreal landscape, where humour appears unexpectedly. She takes us on an associative journey through global abuses, whether they be forced labour and migration, economic exploitation or abuse of power.

Gluklya / Natalia Pershina-Yakimanskaya lives and works in Amsterdam. Considered one of the pioneers of Russian performance art, her research is concentrated on finding ways to talk about the traumatic divisions within society and their implications on people’s lives. The conflict between the political regime and the inner world of the person forms the subject of her surreal drawings, performances in collaboration with diverse people, installations with poetic texts and things, and the Utopian Clothes.

Charles Esche is the curator of To those who have no time to play. He is also the director of Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; an advisor at Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht and professor of contemporary art and curating at Central Saint Martins, UAL, London. He received the 2012 Princess Margriet Award and the 2014 CCS Bard College Prize for Curatorial Excellence.


Framer Framed
Oranje-Vrijstaatkade 71
1093 KS, Amsterdam

13 October 2022, 19:00-21:00

14 October 2022 – 22 January 2023

Opening hours
Tuesday – Sunday, 12:00-18:00
Free entree

Supported by
Ministerie van Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschap; Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst; Stichting DOEN; Stadsdeel Oost; Van Abbemuseum.

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Charles Esche

Charles Esche


Gluklya aka Natalia Pershina-Yakimanskaya