American visual artist and film director Lauren Greenfield (The Queen of Versailles, 2012) is renowned for chronicling the damaging effects of wealth and excess in all its forms: consumerism, substance abuse, plastic surgery, child beauty pageants and celebrity have all been the focus of her books and exhibitions.
‘In my work I often look at the extremes to understand the mainstream’, she states in Generation Wealth, a career-spanning exploration of her 25-year obsession with documenting the ultra-wealthy and the gulf between profligate spending and happiness. Along the way Greenfield tries to understand her own concerns with wealth and status, interviewing her parents and analysing the impact her work has had on her family.
(Notes by David O’Mahony)
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