Broken Hearts Hotel (2021). Video still.

Katarzyna Perlak is a Polish born artist, based in London whose practice employs video, performance, textiles, sculpture and installation. Perlak’s work examines potentiality of affect as a tool for registering and archiving both present continuous and past historical moments. 

Through her work Perlak employs a notion of ‘tender crafts’, exploring how crafts (heritage and traditions) can be revisited and re-imagined from contemporary feminist, queer and diasporic (migrant) perspectives.  She engages 'affective truths' such as myths, tales, dreams, desires, collective memories, and seek to problematise how history is written and traditions are represented.

Perlak background is in Philosophy, which she studied in Poland and Fine Art Media that she has studied in UK (Camberwell College of Arts and Slade School of Fine Art). Her work has been aquired by Arts Council Collection, she was part of the Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2017, and shows in the UK and internationally, including: Diaspora Pavilion, 57th Venice Biennial, Art Night London, Jerwood Arts (SURVEY II), Leslie – Lohman Museum of Arts (NYC), The One Archive (LA), Whitechapel Gallery, 2nd Brent Biennial London, B3 Biennial of Moving Image and 2019 Detroit Art Week (USA).

Window Licker, (UN) SAFE SPACE, 6-30th April, Warszawa, Poland

GO EAST - 24th Festival of Central and Eastern European Film, 24 - 30th April, 2024 Wiesbaden, Germany

C U at Sadka, 13 - 28th May, 2024, Kraków, Poland 


THE GUARDIAN - Survey II review – ‘like a David Lynch riff on my grandma’s lounge’, by Hannah Clugston 

THE CALVERT JOURNAL — How one artist is making space for queer love — by celebrating heartbreak, by Anastasiia Fedorova

FORBES — Warped Disney Fantasy, Polish Lesbian Wedding, Boston’s Gentrification, Regional Queer History, And More, Occupy Hotel Rooms In Radical Curatorial Installations, by Natasha Gural

ARTNET — As Detroit’s Reputation for Emerging Art Grows, a Wildly Ambitious Citywide Festival Shows a New Generation of Artists on the Rise, by Terence Trouillot

HYPEBEAST — How Emerging Initiatives Are Highlighting Detroit’s Evolving Arts Scene, by Nia Groce

THE CALVERT JOURNAL — Katarzyna Perlak: The artist reclaiming queer tradition for Poland (Samuel Goff)



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Texts and images by Katarzyna Perlak. Site  by Yvon Langué. Copyright © 2021 Katarzyna Perlak.