Hold your breath
"Hold your breath" is the very personal story of artist Paulina Siniatkina about something that is usually treated with silence. She starts almost quiet, with semi-transparent watercolors. But her voice becomes stronger. In tempera on canvas she formulates questions and makes a statement. Paulina found herself in a difficult situation. But what doesn’t break you, makes you stronger. Since May 2015 she spent 6 months and 17 days in a tuberculosis clinic. She went through fear, misunderstanding, anger, despair, loneliness, silence, love, friendship and hope, and left the hospital with a series of artworks that tell the stories of people who shared her fate.
Many people still believe that tuberculosis is a ‘social disease’. The contrary is true. A miner, as well as a teacher, or a banker, or a dancer, or an artist can catch this terrible disease. However it is still very difficult to rise above the public’s opinion and express your story. Who never had to hide something for society, out of the fear to be judged and unaccepted? It is hard even to admit it for yourself, but not for Paulina.
Ekaterina Polozhentseva (curator)