The Affluenza Exhibition
The Affluenza Exhibition is a multi-disciplinary visual arts exhibition exploring consumer society's 'disease of affluence'.
The Affluenza Exhibition is a multi-disciplinary visual arts exhibition and series of talks and events taking place in Clerkenwell, London from the 19th – 28th March 2009.
The term affluenza refers to ‘the disease of affluence’ as detailed in Oliver James’ book on the subject. He describes it as a painful, contagious, socially transmitted condition of overload, debt, anxiety and waste resulting from the dogged pursuit of more. By placing a high value on money, possessions, physical and social appearances, and fame, we fail to distinguish between what we need and what we want.
The project as a whole aims to inspire debate and awareness about the destructive impact of consumer values on the emotional wellbeing of society and hopes to suggest some constructive alternatives for the future via series of talks and events.
The project is in collaboration with the Samaritans. A key aim for the Samaritans is to bring emotional wellbeing onto the mainstream agenda which coincides with the theme of Affluenza. Since teenagers are the age group most susceptible to the negative impact of affluenza, Affluenza are organising for ten groups of fifteen teenagers to visit the show.