by Katarina Gryvul

chinese ink, videoart

by Nikita Vlasov



Volodymyr Perzhylo’s archive is a mosaic of collective memory, archetypes, life stories of entire generations imprisoned in an old leather suitcase with audio and video artefacts. The suitcase is a metaphor of a culturological limbo – a closed space in which a big layer of ethnic heritage of Ukraine is temporarily suspended. Voices and images preserved on the reels and cassettes could disappear together with unreliable fragile films. Audiovisual artwork of Nikita and Katarina within the SOUND іD project is a rewriting of the cultural code of the historical past and its organic integration into the contemporary context.


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).