• Jamila Prowse - Hyper Functional, Ultra Healthy (2023)

Hyper Functional, Ultra Healthy (2023)

Hyper Functional, Ultra Healthy is a dynamic series that considers individual and collective health and wellbeing through a programme of newly commissioned artworks, films, workshops, and conversations. The programme returns in February 2023 with a focus on disability justice and artists who engage with the space of health and care.

Undoing the mythology of the ‘good body’ and the histories of self-reliance perpetuated by ‘wellness’ in its contemporary configuration as a capitalist construct, Hyper Functional, Ultra Healthy seeks to explore its perceived binary opposite – ‘sickness’ – as a way to propose an inclusive framework of existence for all, whilst prioritising those whose experience of sickness is not temporary, and who encounter systemic oppression and stigmatisation around disability, chronic illness and mental health.

How can we imagine and shape a future where meaningful care and resistance is thought of as standard? Where all bodies and lives are centered – not existing in othered relation to white supremacist, patriarchal, ableist culture – but are represented and celebrated on their own terms?

The series will include a new commission from American sound artist Christine Sun Kim as well as a panel discussion, performances and film screening programmed in collaboration with artist, writer and researcher Jamila Prowse.

Christine Sun Kim is presented with the support of Goethe-Institut London as part of the Goethe-Institut x Somerset House Studios residency.