City Grants - Portrait of the Place and Time. Unknown World of Paraska Plytka-Horytsvit

Five projects became winners within the second wave of the City Grants Program. One of them is “Portrait of the Place and Time. Unknown World of Paraska Plytka-Horytsvit” project. The subject matter of the project is contemporary art.

The project team arranged the first photo exhibition of Ukrainian Hutsul artist, writer, folk writer and folk philosopher Paraska Plytka-Horytsvit in Ukraine and the world, to draw public attention to the photographic heritage of the artist and encourage society to organize a family photo library.

On 10th of November, in the hall of Ivano-Frankivsk Local History Museum the exhibition of the artist’s works had been opened till 28th of November. The exhibition was visited by 60 people. The exhibition opening report is available in the article of “Halytskyi Correspondent” newspaper.

Paraska Plytka-Horytsvit (1927-1998) is a Ukrainian folk writer, poetess, artist, philosopher, ethnographist and photographer. She lived in Kryvorinnia, a well-known Carpathian village in the Hutsul region. She is a representative of naive art, also known as “Homer Hutsul”. Paraska’s creative activities vary widely: poetry, handmade books, pictural art, icons, and photos.

As an ethnographer, Paraska dealt with thorough photo documentation of Hutsul domestic life and customs. Currently, this part of her creativity remains undiscovered in fact.
At the time of the expedition to Kryvorivnia village, more than 200 photofilms and several photo albums with the photos of Paraska’s Plytka-Horytsvit authorship were found in the artist’s house. These photographs show Hutsuls’ domestic life, traditional and religious holidays, portraits of nationals and guests of Kyvorivnia village. The photofilms are in a critical state because of improper keeping.

The project team, driven by Nataliia Dovha, Kateryna Buchatska and Maksym Rudenlo says:
“Unique archival materials of Paraska Plytka-Horytsvit are the part of Ivano-Frankivsk Region history, which may be lost in just a few years if the photofilms found in the garret of the artist’s house aren’t conserved. By repairing and digitizing the materials, we aim to create a website and publish an album in order to make Paraska’s Plytka-Horytsvit heritage public and available for people who are interested in art, and for research workers of Ukrainian amateur photography and national life. In moving forward, development of exposition and multimedia projects based on Paraska’s Plytka-Horytsvit photographs is planned. Created a few months ago, the porject webpage shows the great interest of people towards Paraska’s Plytka-Horytsvit creative activity. As of today, we have already received the proposals to arrange an artist exhibition in the Kosiv National Museum of Hutsul Region and Folks Art, “Camera” gallery in Kyiv, and “Ukrainian House” in Warsaw. For this reason, the exhibition in Ivano-Frankivsk opened the way to major project focused not only at the artist but the research workers’ region, local historians, chronographers, amateur photographers, artists. As a result,  in 2017 a modern exhibit was created in Paraska’s Plytka-Horytsvit memorial house to be an additional attraction on a tourist map of Ivano-Frankivsk region.”

At the moment of project realization, team had found a lot of partners, including Ukrainian MIM Center, local council of Kryvorivnia village, Centrum badań nad fotografiją (Warsaw), Ivano-Frankivs’k Regional Universal Scientific Library named by I. Franko, Healthy food restaurant “Zdorovyй” (“Healthy”), Tourist Investment Centre, Ivano-Frankivsk Local History Museum, “Camera” gallery.

Information: The City Grants Program was created in September 2015 to boost and support the initiatives, NGOs, and communities aimed at implementation of practical projects raising quality of life in the city, and involving the local community in the development of Ivano-Frankivsk.

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