The world as seen through the eyes of small patients of pediatric oncology departments and their friends, hospital volunteers. Joint project by the Grant Life foundation and FotoLoft gallery.
On February 20, the Grant Life charitable foundation invites guests to the FotoLoft gallery (WINZAVOD contemporary art center), where a photographic exhibition entitled We Live on This Earth will be opened. This exhibition shows photographs made by children with cancer and their friends, hospital volunteers.
The exhibition has been organized for the International Childhood Cancer Day, which is held on February 15 throughout the world.
“We are not like all of you. We are afraid of the sun. We do not wear sleeveless clothes, and there are no pink ribbons in our hair. We can laugh through tears and weep while laughing. We eat handfuls of various pills instead of ice-cream. Our best toys are syringes and drip chambers. We have already felt various kinds of pain. We know how much our life costs. We have learned to believe in God. And to wait for a miracle. We remember dozens of prayers now and repeat them each night. We don't want to die. We want to live on this Earth. Because we are just children with cancer.”
“Every year about five thousand children in Russia are diagnosed with cancer,” says Chulpan Khamatova, co-founder of the Grant Life foundation. “These children not only have to live in hospital wards and endure painful treatment. During their disease, they often become outsiders, something that the world of healthy people doesn’t want to think about. But these children are still children. They also want to laugh and play, to study. They want to live. And they want to tell you about their life. This exhibition, the one we are inviting you to, is just our children's attempt to tell about their life. In a hospital. On this Earth.”
Almost all children reveal various talents in a hospital, including a talent for photographing, and the visitors of this exhibition will be able to see that this is true.
Photographs made by children constitute the first part of the exhibition. The second part shows the children's lives as seen through the eyes and lens of a volunteer, an adult who is near the children in this difficult time. In spite of their grave diagnoses and hospital environment, children still remain children: laughing, playing, and optimistic. This is how volunteers see them. This is how we must see them.
The authors of photographs shown within the We Live on This Earth exhibition are children supported by the Grant Life foundation, volunteers working with this foundation, as well as children and volunteers from Lithuania, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, and Czech Republic.
The official opening of the exhibition will take place on February 20, 5:00 p.m.
The exhibition will be opened by Chulpan Khamatova, co-founder of the Grant Life foundation
A charity auction, lead by actor Artur Smolyaninov, will be held during the exhibition
The exhibition is open till March 1, 2009
About the foundation:
Grant Life foundation was created on November 26, 2006, by actresses Dina Korzun and Chulpan Khamatova. The mission of the foundation is to perform fundraising for treatment of children with oncological, oncohematological, and other grave diseases, as well as provide other kinds of help to gravely ill children and their families.
Additional information and accreditation:
Elena Mulyarova +7-906-794-70-63, email@example.com
Yuri Khramov +7-926-202-18-56, firstname.lastname@example.org
About the gallery:
FotoLoft is the most innovative photo gallery in Moscow. It promotes photography not only as an object of collecting and making profitable investments in art, but also as an important art object in any space.
4th Syromyatnicheskiy per., 1/8 bldg 6, Moscow 105120 Russia
(Winzavod contemporary art center)
Partners of exhibition:
DigitalFoto magazine, Foto.ru club, Sem Pyadei chain store system, Hewlett Packard.
Слепцова Айсена/Sleptsova Aisena
Диагноз: Двусторонняя врожденная аномалия развития наружного и среднего уха (микротия средней степени/атрезия полная). Двусторонняя кондуктивная тугоухость II-III ст.
Diagnosis: bilateral congenital abnormity of development of outer and middle ear (microtia of the 3rd degree, atresia). Bilateral conductive hearing loss of the 2nd — 3rd degree.
Коваленко Максим/Kovalenko Maksim
Диагноз: Двусторонняя сенсоневральная глухота на оба уха, состояние после операции кохлеарной имплантации в апреле 2010г.
Diagnosis: bilateral sensorineural deafness, condition after cochlear implantation in April 2010
Стадниченко Таисья/Stadnichenko Taisiya
Диагноз: Двусторонняя сенсоневральная глухота на оба уха, состояние после операции кохлеарной имплантации.
Diagnosis: bilateral sensorineural deafness, condition after cochlear implantation.
Киселева Марина/Kiseleva Marina
Diagnosis: Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA)
Андреева Анастасия /Andreeva Anastasia
Диагноз: Врожденный правосторонний грудной сколиоз 4 ст.
Diagnosis: inborn right-sided thoracic scoliosis of the 4th degree
Диагноз: Злокачественная опухоль головного мозга