M. ANGELOU | In The malediction of Cham Serie | 2020
Printing on Duratrans, backlit transparent archival film
58 x 29 inches
Plaisir’s work examines the concept of social domination, which has existed from the time of slavery until now. The common thread throughout her work is a critique of prejudice, according to which political power is supposedly “a natural fact.” Through her art, she declares that power is not a “natural fact” but, rather, a political one that emerges under specific conditions within specific socio-cultural and historical contexts. She engages in the deconstruction of those conditions and, in turn, in the reconstruction of a world in which no one “dominates” or “reigns”; instead, everyone moves freely between reality and imagination.
Plaisir's work explores issues of colonialism alongside those of race and class, through a range of media which include painting, sculpture, photography, installation art, and, more recently, film and performance. She examines, in particular, the construction of identity and she asks what constitutes our collective contemporary identity today trough new reflexes and how people who were born in the struggle of domination and power behave. She underlines the common issues between US black history and Caribbean History : the labor movements, the fights for egality through literature, philosophy and history.