Beyond Breaking Point is our upcoming digital programme curated by artist Sophie Lindsey. It will take place between March-April 2022, and will consist of a series of online exhibitions, events and interventions that draw on themes of food, futures and biodiversity.
Through considering how work structures and attitudes can nurture unsustainable approaches, expectations and practices, Beyond Breaking Point will question how we can care for our environment when struggling to care for, and sustain ourselves.
Just as ecosystems need biodiversity to be healthy, we need variety in our lives to thrive; however, pressure to be productive can dominate, with work taking priority over nourishment, relationships and wellbeing.
Work is one element of life, but it can also be a defining part of our identity, and an inescapable exchange for money, security, safety, and care. We are taught that if we love what we do, we will never work a day in our lives, but this love often comes with unconditional self-sacrifice; and we all have our limits.
With overworking being increasingly normalised, and sometimes expected, this pressure builds as we push ourselves individually, and our environment collectively, to breaking points. But why should we accept the exhaustion that comes with staying on this treadmill?