Affluenza, London, UK
Curators: Jonathan Barnbrook (Barnbrook Design), Silvia Sgualdini (Lisson Gallery), Michael Czerwinski (Design Museum) and Hege Saebjornsen (Project Manager).
Based on psychologist Oliver James's definition of affleunza as 'a painful, contagious, socially transmitted condition of overload, debt, anxiety and waste resulting from the dogged pursuit of more', this timely exhibition (held in a temporary gallery space in Farringdon) features work by 30 multidisciplinary artists, plus a series of talks on subjects such as 'How to de-brand your life'. The exhibition is the brainchild of photographer and Samaritans volunteer Hege Sæbjørnsen, who reached burn-out in 2007 due to excessive working and other challenging life events. The Samaritans will work with teens aged 15 to 19 on ten seminars exploring the significance of the artworks.