Fitter, Happier, More Productive

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Curator: Lexington Davis

"Fitter, Happier, More Productive" brings together six artists whose work explores the toxic underbelly of capitalist wellness culture. The exhibition problematizes capitalism's framing of wellness as a personal quest for self-improvement rather than a collective project requiring societal investment and systemic change. Instead of offering opportunities for reflection and renewal, wellness culture conditions us to see life as another mode of work, and work as the defining feature of life. By marketing self-care as an individualistic endeavor, capitalism gaslights the public into believing that issues created by corporate greed and a gutted welfare state might be solved by an açaí bowl, a yoga retreat, or twenty-five units of Botox.

In contrast, the exhibition’s artists propose understandings of wellbeing that confront socio-political histories, environmental degradation, and structural inequalities. By examining the social, political, and psychological effects of wellness culture, the exhibition reveals the need for new practices of wellbeing inspired by activists like the Combahee River Collective and Audre Lorde, who saw self-care as a radical "act of political warfare." Through engagement with overlooked histories and social conditions, "Fitter, Happier, More Productive" highlights how wellness practices might be transformed from capitalist labor into tools of resistance.
Period8 Sept 202321 Oct 2023
Event typeExhibition
LocationNew York, United StatesShow on map