Born 1970 in Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA. Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, USA
© Jenny Perlin
Jenny Perlin, “View from Elsewhere” (video still), 2002. © Jenny Perlin
Jenny Perlin is a filmmaker and artist. She studied Film and Cultural Studies at Brown University, Providence, USA; completed her MFA in Film at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA; and postgraduate studies at the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program, New York, USA. Perlin's films and drawings work with and against the documentary tradition, incorporating innovative stylistic techniques to emphasize issues of truth and misunderstanding in the formation of historical narrative. She has recently completed “View from Elsewhere,” a look at conditions of political asylum seekers in Switzerland, and “Perseverance & How to Develop It,” a film about the cultural and social histories of self-help in the US. Her films have won awards at numerous festivals, and have been exhibited in galleries and museums both in the US and abroad. “Perseverance & How to Develop It” premiered at the Rotterdam International Film Festival, The Netherlands, in 2003, and won the Special Jury Prize at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, a well-regarded experimental film festival in Michigan, USA. She has been selected as a guest artist at the Belluard Bollwerk International Festival of Contemporary Art (Fribourg, Switzerland, 2003), and served on numerous juries and panels in the field of filmmaking and contemporary art. Perlin's films have been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Ann Arbor, Black Maria Film & Video Festival, Images Festival, the Havana Biennial, SF Cinematheque, Pacific Film Archive, Walker Art Center, and Kino Arsenal. Her exhibitions in the art context have taken place at: PS 1/MoMA (New York, USA); KunstWerke (Berlin, Germany); The Drawing Center (New York, USA); Shedhalle (Zurich, Switzerland); Expo 02 (Switzerland); de Balie (Amsterdam, The Netherlands); The Queens Museum (New York, USA); Kunsthalle Exnergasse (Vienna, Austria); the Statements section of Art Miami/Basel (Miami, USA & Basel, Switzerland); and Annet Gelink Gallery (Amsterdam, The Netherlands). Perlin is currently represented by Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam. Her work is in the collections of The US Holocaust Memorial Museum, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and in numerous private collections.
Contribution: Participates in Station 1: The Equestrian Hall, Aarhus, with “View from Elsewhere,” 2002. 16mm/dv, 22 min. Courtesy of the artist and Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam.