Jenny Perlin’s practice in 16mm film, video and drawing works with and against the documentary tradition, incorporating innovative stylistic techniques to emphasize issues of truth, misunderstanding, and personal history. Perlin's projects look closely at ways in which social machinations are reflected in the smallest fragments of daily life. Her films often combine handwritten text and drawn images, embracing the technical quirks of analog technologies. Her films incorporate innovative techniques to investigate history as it relates to the present, relying on interdisciplinary research interests in history, cultural studies, literature and linguistics.
Perlin completed her BA at Brown University and holds an MFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago in addition to attending the Whitney Independent Study Program, New York. Her films have been shown as single-channel works and multi-channel installations at numerous venues including the Guggenheim Museum, (2011), Mass MoCA (2011), MoMA, (2007), Guangzhou Triennial (2008), IFC Center (2008), Berlin and Rotterdam film festivals (2003-2007) the Drawing Center (2001 and 2008), and The Kitchen, NY (2006). Artist residencies include IASPIS Sweden, Wexner Center, Civitella Ranieri, ISCP, and commissions from Bard College CCS, Aldrich Museum, BAC Geneva, The Queens Museum, and Expo 02, Switzerland.