Margarita Gluzberg

Born in Moscow, Margarita Gluzberg has lived and worked in London since 1979. Her practice ranges from drawing, usually on a gigantic scale, to performance, sound installation and most recently, photography and projection. From the subject of boxing, to the history of consumer culture and how it affects human relations, Gluzberg creates a visual territory from historical, autobiographical, and literary references. Her Captive Bird Society project, centered round early recordings of birdsong, generating a wider investigation into the story of phonography, and the apparatus of capture. Gluzberg’s most recent photographic body of work, the Consumystic series, is a meditation on the mystical, ritual nature of material desire, weaving a mesh of consumer signs and spaces. The camera acts as the interface between the consumer-voyeur, and the constantly changing, spectacular display of commodities. With reference to techniques used by the Surrealists, the images invoke an age when consumer fictions were being invented for the first time, but are returned to the present, a present where such fictions are becoming increasingly unsustainable.


Gluzberg’s past solo exhibitions include Funk of Terror Into Psychic Bricks (2007), The Money Plot (2008), both at Paradise Row, London; Captive Bird Society: Dublin Edition (2009), Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin; and Phonographicon (2010) at Zonca&Zonca, Milan. With her most recent solo exhibition, Avenue des Gobelins, Paradise Row, 2012, she presented a new body of analogue photographic work, the Consumystic series. The work was also presented as a solo project at Unseen, Amsterdam, 2012. Her ongoing sound project: Captive Bird Society was commissioned for the official programme of the Paris Nuit Blanche in 2009. It was also performed at the MAC/VAL Museum Paris, 2009; Calvert 22 Foundation, London, 2010; and at the Wysing Arts Centre in 2013. Gluzberg’s work has been included in group shows in major European venues such as CAC, Vilnius; Rooseum, Malmo; KAde Kunsthal, The Netherlands; Lunds Konsthall, Lund; and Baibakov Art Projects, Moscow.


CIRCUITS AND LOOPS: TOM MCCARTHY & MARGARITA GLUZBERG in conversation with the author Tom McCarthy