"Hold Your Breath", paintings made by Russian artist while in a TB clinic

September 2017

“Hold your Breath” presents the story of Russian artist Paulina Siniatkina’s fight against tuberculosis (TB). In 2015, Paulina spent 6 months and 17 days in a TB clinic in Moscow. 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. She created these works of art to fight the stigma attached to TB. The exhibition "Hold your breath" has been travelling the world since then, fighting stigma and urging people not to be afraid to talk about TB.

On 24 March 2017, on the occasion of World TB Day, a series of prints from "Hold your breath" were exhibited at the headquarters of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva.

The paintings will be exposed at the first WHO Global Ministerial Conference on Ending TB in Moscow on 16-17 November 2017.

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