Frankfurt am Main | 13 – 20 October 2024

Happily Ever After

An installation premiered at the Detroit Art Week – part of ‘Wish Landscape’ solo show, curated by Kasia Sobucka. The work was developed upon performances and public spaces interventions realised during the ‘Illusion of Residency’ residency (Nov 2017) in Wroclaw, Poland. A performative, fictional lesbian wedding that was exercising utopian strategies for ‘world imagining’ and ‘world building’. As a further development the work documentation was reactivated in a film essay contesting the utopian attempt, with the dystopian reality of homophobic outbursts taking place on streets of Poland. The video was presented as an installation, on a TV screen – in a hotel room turned into a honeymoon suite.

Stills

Film Info

Info

Title
Happily Ever After
Original title
Happily Ever After
Category
Others
Release Date
17.07.2019
Country
  • Poland
Spoken language
  • Polish
Subtitles
  • English
Length
19 Minutes
Color Format
  • Colour
Sound Format
  • Stereo

Crew

Director
Producers
  • Arts Territory
  • Director

    • Katarzyna Perlak

      Katarzyna Perlak is a Polish-born artist, based in London who employs video, performance, textiles, sculpture, and installation in her works.

      Perlak studied Philosophy in Poland and Fine Art Media in the UK.

      She was part of the Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2017 and shows in the UK and internationally.

      Through her work Perlak explores 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 seeks to problematize how history is written and traditions are represented.

      By questioning who tradition belongs to and who it overlooks, her work encourages audiences to consider and experience multiple, overlapping and contesting historical narratives rather than as a single, fixed entity.

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