Perlak’s practice centres around video, photography and performance. Recently expanding her work to incorporate sound and placing more emphasis on sculptural elements and modes of installation.
Politics and feelings drive her work, engaging with intersectional narratives concerning migrant, queer and women’s histories. Autobiographical experiences often form the starting point which she then expands into inter-subjective dialogues, tapping into ideas of collective memory, shared vulnerabilities and desires.
Currently Perlak is exploring the potentiality of affect as a tool for registering and archiving both present continuous and past historical moments. She has also been investigating the relationships between queer notions of utopia, hope and the concept of the ‘wish landscape’. Collecting is another strategy that Perlak often employs in her work, particularly the ways that these methodologies of accumulation can engage viewers emotionally.