Fahamu Pecou

"Pursuit of Happiness"

Sept 5 - Oct 4, 2014

Installation view Pursuit of Happiness by Fahamu Pecou 2014

Installation view Pursuit of Happiness by Fahamu Pecou 2014

Installation view Pursuit of Happiness by Fahamu Pecou 2014

Installation view Pursuit of Happiness by Fahamu Pecou 2014

Installation view Pursuit of Happiness by Fahamu Pecou 2014

Installation view Pursuit of Happiness by Fahamu Pecou 2014

Installation view Pursuit of Happiness by Fahamu Pecou 2014

Installation view Pursuit of Happiness by Fahamu Pecou 2014

Installation view Pursuit of Happiness by Fahamu Pecou 2014

Installation view Pursuit of Happiness by Fahamu Pecou 2014

Installation view Pursuit of Happiness by Fahamu Pecou 2014

Installation view Pursuit of Happiness by Fahamu Pecou 2014

Installation view Pursuit of Happiness by Fahamu Pecou 2014

Installation view Pursuit of Happiness by Fahamu Pecou 2014

Installation view Pursuit of Happiness by Fahamu Pecou 2014

Installation view Pursuit of Happiness by Fahamu Pecou 2014

Installation view Pursuit of Happiness by Fahamu Pecou 2014

Installation view Pursuit of Happiness by Fahamu Pecou 2014

Installation view Pursuit of Happiness by Fahamu Pecou 2014

Installation view Pursuit of Happiness by Fahamu Pecou 2014

Press Release

"...I got a problem with spending before I get it. We all self-conscious I'm just the first to admit it..." - Kanye West, All Falls Down

Lyons Wier Gallery is please to announce the exhibition, "The Pursuit of Happiness," by Fahamu Pecou.

Michel Foucault's theory of subjectivation (the construction of the individual) includes what he calls "ethical substance." This substance forms the basis of our existential angst, the pursuit of happiness, and the desire to correct our own self-imposed ethical dilemma. Through intentions and actions, both consciously and unconsciously, we act based on our perceived reality of this ethical substance.

For many of us, the dilemma extends to attempts to validate our selves in the eyes of others by outward showings of affluence and influence. We allow media images to convince us of the necessity of owning, wearing, and having certain things or of the need to be seen in certain places. We convince ourselves that true happiness can be found in such things and often our desperation blinds us to the reality... that none of it is real!