My practice centres around video, photography and performance. I have recently expanded my work to incorporate sound and I am also placing more emphasis on sculptural elements and modes of installation.


Politics and feelings drive my work. I engage with intersectional narratives concerning migrant, queer and women’s histories. Autobiographical experiences often form the starting point, which I then expand into inter-subjective dialogues, tapping into ideas of collective memory, shared vulnerabilities and desires.


Currently I am exploring the potentiality of affect as a tool for registering and archiving both present continuous and past historical moments. I have also been investigating the relationships between queer notions of utopia, hope and the concept of the ‘wish landscape’. Collecting is another strategy that I often employ in my work, and I am particularly interested in the ways that these methodologies of accumulation can engage viewers emotionally.


twitter: @perlakka

instagram: @kat_perlak



Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2017:

28th September 2017:            BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle, UK

29th January 2018:                 Block 336 Gallery, London, UK






2015-2017:                                 Slade School of Fine Art, London

MA, Fine Art Media


2005-2008:                                 Camberwell College of Arts, London

BA Hons, Photography


1998-2003:                                 University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland

MA, Philosophy





2017:                                        Almacantar Studio Award (2nd prize)


2017:                                        Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2017


2017:                                        Leeds Queer Film Festival Audience Choice Award


2016:                                        Eaton Fund Bursary


2016:                                        Hanna and Zdzislaw Broncel Trust Bursary


2016:                                        Felix Slade Scholarship



Selected Exhibitions and screenings:


06.2017:                                                MONO, Courtyard Theatre, London, UK


06.2017:                                                Slade Degree Show, London, UK


04.2017:                                                Burn For Me, Lime Wharf, London


03.2017:                                                Leeds Queer Film Festival, Leeds, UK


03.2017:                                                Berlin Feminist Film Week, Berlin, Germany


03.2017:                                                On the Verge, 12 Star Gallery, London


02.2017:                                                Ladrón Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico


02.2017:                                                MA 2017 Show, Atkinson Gallery, Milfield


02.2017:                                                ON & OFF, Proyecto Medellin Gallery, Mexico City


01.2017:                                                MeMeMeMe, The Crypt Gallery, London


12.2016:                                                Fade to Purple, Chalton Gallery, London


10.2016:                                                Forwards + Backwards, Donna Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal


10.2016:                                                STOFF Festival, Stockholm, Sweden


07.2016:                                               Autocorrect ruined my life, Chalton Gallery, London


03.2016:                                               Flare, London LGBT Film Festival, BFI, London


02.2016:                                              Bounty Bars n Oreo Cookies, Rich Mix, London


08.2014:                                               Biennale del Salento, Lecce, Italy


11. 2013:                                               Paratissima Art Fair, Torino, Italy


05.2013:                                                Zlość, Bunkier Sztuki Gallery, Krakow, Poland


08.2012:                                               Stockholm Fringe Festival 2012, Stockholm, Sweden


07.2011:                                                Stage the space, Betahaus Gallery, Berlin, Germany


04.2007:                                               Unknown Capitals, Korea Foundation Cultural Centre, Seoul, South Korea





Artist Residencies:


2016:                                        Merz Barn, Cumbria, UK


2013:                                        Reitir, Siglufjordur, Iceland


2013:                                        Urban Art, Hirschfeld, Germany


2011:                                        Figure Ground, Gillingham, UK


2010:                                        Varmahlid, Hveragerdi, Iceland


2010:                                        Interference, Arts Admin, London


2009:                                        Transient Spaces – Tourist Syndrome, Palanga, Lithuania





2014:                                        Geeked. Urban Femisnist Geek – The Intersectionality Issue, London


2014:                                        In the City, Hanover Project at the University of Lancashire, Preston


2010:                                        36EXP, EASA Gallery, Manchester





2017:                                        Art and Vulnerability: Brexit, Migration and Queer Diasporas. – artist talk at UCL, part of 2017 UCL Festival of Culture. London, UK


2017:                                        Artist Lunchtime Crit, Turf Projects. London, UK


2017:                                        Performing for (and alongside) the camera – artist talk for BA Photography students, Camberwell College of Arts. London, UK