Time to Relax, FLEMING, 2022 for SPACORE
"A group exhibition Curated by Serena JV Elston and Rudolph Lingens, "SPACORE is the lifestyle aesthetic of the moment. Born of the intersection of work-from-home and pandemic horror, SPACORE is the blurring lines of relaxation and employment; it is the labor of repose. SPACORE is a critique of wellness capitalism. It explores the neoliberal attempt to pacify the working class with the promotion of superficial “wellness.” This version of wellness co-opts the language of
radical self-care and redefines it as access to upper-class amenities regarded as luxury. Wellness culture derives its “authenticity” through appropriative aesthetics that steal from non-Western cultures, such as the way Indigenous and Eastern spirituality is fetishized in wellness products and aesthetics for white consumption. Wellness is a colonial project designed to locate suffering within the individual in order to repress political revolt. SPACORE situates wellness in the horror genre, where it belongs. SPACORE is always in all caps because it is the sound of your boss yelling at you."
SPACORE @ Co-Prosperity 2023 Chicago, IL
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