Generation Wealth: What Really Matters?
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Three years ago this April, the Annenberg Space for Photography unveiled Lauren Greenfield’s Generation Wealth, an exhibition that depicted a visual history of the global influence of affluence. This body of work, birthed during the 2008 financial crash and ensuing Great Recession, continues to explore the effects of global consumerism and the rippling impact of material aspirations.
Since then, Generation Wealth has traveled to the International Center for Photography (New York, USA), Kyotographie International Photography Festival (Kyoto, Japan), Nobel Peace Center (Oslo, Norway), Fotomuseum den Haag (Netherlands), Deichtorhallen Hamburg (Germany), Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (Copenhagen, Denmark), and most recently at the Fotografiska (Stockholm, Sweden) where it is currently on display through September 2020. During this same time, audiences from around the world have experienced the body of work through the feature length documentary film (available on Amazon), and the Phaidon monograph of the same title.
As the global population endures the Great Lockdown, and we find ourselves in another financial and existential crisis, the work takes on new relevance. Join us on Tuesday, April 28th for a timely virtual lecture and ensuing conversation that addresses the values, morals, and behavior of Generation Wealth, the culture of addiction, and what we can learn from this moment upon us. Greenfield will revisit her work through a multi-media presentation to be followed by a discussion with Katie Hollander, the Director of the Annenberg Space for Photography, and Lisa Hydén, the Fotografiska Exhibition Manager, and Q&A open to the international audience. Please RSVP on EventBrite for one of the 600 first-come-first-serve spots.
Named by The New York Times as “America’s foremost visual chronicler of the plutocracy,” Emmy-award-winning filmmaker/photographer Lauren Greenfield has produced groundbreaking work on consumerism, youth culture and gender for the past 25 years. Her documentary films Thin, The Queen of Versailles, Generation Wealth and The Kingmaker, and photographic monographs, Fast Forward, Girl Culture, Thin, and Generation Wealth have been screened, published, and exhibited around the world.
Greenfield’s Generation Wealth garnered her the 2018 Photographer of the Year (Art Directors Club), The Paris Photography Prize 2018 (PX3), and the Lucie for Best Book Photographer of 2018. The record-setting companion exhibition opened in Los Angeles at the Annenberg Space for Photography on April 2017 and has since traveled to the International Center of Photography (NYC), the Nobel Peace Center (Oslo), the Fotomuseum (The Hague), Deichtorhallen Hamburg, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (Copenhagen) and Fotografiska Stockholm.
Hollander has been the Director of the Annenberg Space for Photography since 2019, prior to that she served as Interim Director for a year. She previously served as Executive Director and Deputy Director of New York based public arts organization Creative Time for nearly a decade, and as ArtTable’s Executive Director from 2000-2006. Katie has worked in the nonprofit community for over 15 years and received her BS in Business Management from Ithaca College, an MA in Art History from The Victoria University of Manchester, England, as well as an MA in Arts Administration from New York University.
Lisa Hydén is the Exhibition Manager at Fotografiska Stockholm and also curates and produces exhibitions for Fotografiska International. Fotografiska is an internationally renowned destination for photography, founded in Stockholm in 2010 and expanded globally to New York and Tallinn in 2019. A core value for the museum is to continuously inspire a more conscious world. Lisa Hydén holds a MA in Peace and Development Studies from Gothenburg University, BA in Cultural Anthropology from Uppsala University and is a graduate from the Stockholm School of Photography.