THE MALEDICTION of CHAM (Serie )                      

In Process

Through the series of work entitled The Malediction of Cham, Plaisir explores the domination relations in today's American society, the historical links and common reflexes which exist within the black American communities and those of the Caribbean. The Malediction of Cham was a biblical justification for imposing slavery or racism upon black people. (Noah cursed his younger son Cham because he saw him drunk and nude. Then his skin began to burn and darkened for coming generations).

Through her narrative, Plaisir develops a few questions: is black identity reduced to dominant-dominated relationships? Are we living in a rife of optimism, the notion of progress, tinged with illusion? Is the loosening of racial naming and stereotype just a delusion that flatters the 'sensitivities' of white culture? Because her purpose is also about identity: How do people live in a community with regard to their identity differences?  

Today, in our infinitely pluralistic and globalized world, we are supposedly post-identity, post-race, post-gender, or even post-human. But at the same time, most identity politics is mobilized by the extreme ideologies or the fundamentalisms of the most reactionary forces, via the pursuit of racism and discrimination.

By exploring the lives and acts of personalities who fought in one way or another against domination (Josephine Baker, James Baldwin, Muhammad Ali, Nina Simone, Pearl Primus, Maya Angelou {....}. Plaisir illuminates the presence of the black body in its identity and as a way to fight against stereotypes. This involves the production of lightboxes (Baklits) composed with collages printed on Duratrans paper and archival paper (in the background, various landscapes of the Caribbean islands), like kinds of allegories and multiple metaphors: the black body as an unbearable lightness of being.