The exhibition “A machine is breathing, but I can’t”, dedicated to Belarusian healthcare workers, has been cancelled. The project team announced this after both organizers of the exhibition were arrested and taken to a temporary detention centre on Okrestin Street in Minsk.
“We are very sorry, but we have to stop the program of the project ‘A machine is breathing, but I can’t’. We deeply value the community that has formed around the project, and we are sincerely grateful for your interest and support,” the authors of the project wrote on Instagram.
Recall that on 5 April, security forces searched the houses of the exhibition organisers Natalia Trenina and Tatyana Gatsura-Yavorskaya; their equipment was confiscated. The activists were detained and taken to a temporary detention centre on Okrestin Street in Minsk.
The exposition “A machine is breathing, I can’t” was presented on 30 March, but on 1 April the sanitary station and the Ministry of Emergency Situations allegedly found violations at the site. Then the exhibition was moved online, the organizers managed to hold two events.
The exhibition “A machine is breathing, I can’t” was dedicated to Belarusian healthcare workers and the challenges they faced over the past year: the COVID-19 pandemic and the politicization of the healthcare system. The authors of the works presented at the exhibition are famous photographers and artists. The curators of the project are the SHKLO + platform, the organizers are the public association “Zveno”.