Anna Perach’s practice draws on experiences and memories of Soviet domestic environment and their encounter with Israeli culture. She explores how immigration and cultural transitions influence the formation of one’s sense of self in relation to family, community and heritage. She is interested in examining the role of the “other” as it’s defined by one’s community as well as a subjective experience. Her work integrates these ideas and explores the domestic space as an extension of the self where otherness is performed through mundane rituals and decor.
Working with mixed media techniques, Anna creates two- and three-dimensional objects inspired by Slavic rituals and folkloric craft patterns and ornaments such as Khokhloma and Zhostovo. These are then juxtaposed with the late Soviet aesthetic of decorative wall papers, rugs, and porcelain figurines. She also incorporates contemporary art techniques such as machine tufting or digital embroidery. The materials in her work are assembled together abruptly to exaggerate their contradictory essence and charge the objects with estrangement to their surroundings.
Anna (b. Ukraine) lives and works in London. She graduated with an MA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths in 2020, having previously completed her BA in Fine Art at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design (2008). Recent exhibitions and projects include: Tomorrow: London (Online Plaftorm) with White Cube (London, 2020), London Grads Now (Group Exhibition) at Saatchi Gallery (London, 2020), Ridiculous (Group Exhibition, curated by Paul Carey-Kent) at Elephant West (London, 2020), Parade (Group Exhibition) at Broadway Gallery w. Kristian Day Gallery (Letchworth, 2019), Mother of Egg (Performance) at L'etrangere (London, 2019), The Mother Art Prize 2019 (Group Exhibition) at Mimosa House (London, 2019), Rhapsodies (Group Exhibition, curated by Alix Janta-Polczynski) at PingPong (Brussels, 2018), Jutro (Group Exhibition) at Castor (London, 2018), Apophenia (Group Exhibition) at Roman Road (London, 2018).