What does it feel like to have your heart outside your chest?
What is it like to be constantly in danger?
To be a miracle?
To be alive?
Virsaviya Borun-Goncharova is a 7 year old girl who was born with a rare condition called Pentalogy of Cantrell. In medical terms it means her heart is outside her chest and her health is delicate. In kids language it means don’t run, don’t jump, don’t climb. In other words, don’t be a kid.
Purity Pain shows Virsaviya’s vulnerability as a duality. The innocence and the constant fear. The over-protection of her loved ones and the natural dangers of real life. All seen by the eyes of a little girl.
Purity Pain is Kako Abraham’s first fine art series since his arrival to the United States. It reflects his new experiences as a foreign artist and even shows some new influences in the way he conceived the imaginary world where Virsaviya lives.
From her clothes to the staging, every cloud, every stain of painting was specially thought and created for Purity Pain. Its complexity and attention to details shows a new step in the ambitious and obsessions that have always driven Kako Abraham’s career.
But for Kako and his team, the most amazing thing about Purity Pain was the chance to work with somebody as special as Virsaviya. She’s not only a smart, vivacious and witty little person - she is a professional kid actress. She knew when to listen to the background story indications and when to just play with painting and enjoy being the star on set.
With this project Kako set two main goals. The first one was to make Virsaviya the center of a professional photo shoot so she could feel what a star feels. The other one was to help her with her condition. So, besides telling her story through fine art, Virsaviya and her mother will receive a percentage of the sale of each art work.