Invisible work

by Mariia Proshkovska

video performans

As a result of working during the SOUNDiD Residensy I propose the teaser of video performance that will contunie after the end of the residence.The main idea of the performance ‘Invisible Work’ is to visualize the meaninglessness, endlessness and lack of an end result in women’s daily homework. In search of an answer to the question of how the imposed cultural code of duty and stereotypes is moving from generation to generation I make embroidery of traditional Ukrainian wedding rushnyk. Embroidery will consist of traditional Ukrainian patterns symbolizing health, wealth, well-being and family well-being and I will do my 4 weeks everyday work without thread.

The lack of results will once again emphasize the senselessness and unprincipled work that millions of women do every day and raise the issue of gender stereotypes that force society to divide any activity into male and female. I was inspired by the recordings that Volodimir Perzhilo made and use as a soundtrack for the performance recording of traditional female singing, which historically was an accompaniment to any female homework. Exploring the archive and analyzing the recorded material, I try to find new meanings and historical value in the social, cultural and social anthropological aspects. Video 1 min 10 sec, sound from the archive of Volodymyr Perzhylo.

Special thanks to Lesya Pchelka, Evgenii Rogozin and Nikita Vlasov.


10 facts about the life of Vladimir Perzhil

  • He was born in Oleszychi, in the territory of modern Poland in 1938
  • At the age of 8, during Operation Vistula he and his family were deported to Lviv region.
  • He graduated from the Lviv Music and Pedagogical School named after I. F. Colessi
  • He studied at two faculties of the Lviv Conservatory - conductor and vocal.
  • He started collecting folklore in 1968 when he first met with representatives of the Ukrainian diaspora on the banks of the Volga (Nadvolzhya).
  • Throughout his life he wrote music, worked with various music groups, was a soloist of the choirs of Trembita and Boyan, and directed the Anthem Choir and the Quartet Quartet.
  • In 1970-90 he made several field folklore-ethnographic expeditions to the East (Volgograd, Astrakhan, Saratov regions).
  • He recorded more than 240 Ukrainian place names - names of settlements on the banks of the Volga.
  • He created and published in Lviv a map of the settlement of Ukrainians by the Volga under the name "Yellow Wedge", which was included in the series "Cathedral Ukraine".
  • He has published several collections of books, including "The Forgotten Branch of the Ukrainian People" (Lviv, 2010), and "The Evening of St. Nicholas: Essays" (Lviv, 2012).