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Milda Januševičiūtė: Don’t wake up the sleeping one, 2020

Milda Januševičiūtė 

Don’t wake up the sleeping one, 2020

Video, 7’

Ana got into a car accident and had multiple surgeries at Moscow’s Sklifosovsky hospital to recover. She used to sing a song about angels to calm herself down before and after medical procedures. 

Every eight weeks Milda goes to Santariškių hospital for biotherapy procedure. After that she sits on the bench in the park. 

Patients at the hospital say that when the doctors allow you to go to a park, a long-awaited transition to ‘regular’ life will begin. 

Don’t wake up the sleeping one is an ongoing research project. Based on the interviews at Sklifosovsky hospital park and observations and thoughts made while in the Santariškių park, this video installation talks about the role of recreational zones in healthcare buildings. What does it mean to rest from being ill or from not feeling well? Why does the hospital exterior look nostalgic in the rain and hopeful in the sun? 

Milda Januševičiūtė is a young-generation artist and cultural sociologist living and working in Vilnius. Her area of interest covers interdisciplinary projects exploring topics of care, health care, hope and resilience. The artist’s autobiography, sociological observations and everyday life experiences blend into her reflections on the differences that exist across the cultural concepts of hope, care and resilience, which she conveys through her films.