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Happily Ever After, 2019. Katarzyna Perlak. Image: Jason Bergamini

Katarzyna Perlak

Katarzyna Perlak is a Polish-born artist based in London whose practice employs video, performance, sound and installation. She has exhibited and performed across the UK and internationally, including BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Arts, Newcastle, Detroit Art Week and the ICF Diaspora Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale.

Her work is driven by politics and feelings; it examines queer subjectivities, migration and potentiality of affect as a tool for registering and archiving both present continuous and past historical moments.

Katarzyna's Jerwood Bursary will enable her to develop Tender Crafts methodologies, which re-visit and re-imagine crafts, history and heritage from diasporic, feminist and queer perspectives. She will carry out research using the English Folk Dance and Song Society archive, and sample collections held by V&A and Norwich Castle Museum.

She will also will learn the traditional Eastern European Pajaki technique, used to make traditional straw and paper chandeliers dating back to the 18th century, traditionally made by countryside-based women to decorate houses and believed to bring happiness. And she will expand her skills and practice-based knowledge of working with costume and mask making.