Plaisir, Marielle
Born 1978 in Le Havre, France
Lives and works in Miami, USA
Plaisir’s work examines the concept of social domination. She does so by combining painting, drawing and performance to present intense visual experiences. The common thread throughout her work is a critique of prejudice, according to which political power is supposedly “a natural fact.” Through her work, 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. This flexibility of visual expression allows the crossing of boundaries between home and migration; race and color; day and night; life and death; waking and sleeping; lucidity and dreaming; reason and imagination. Recent exhibitions include a solo Acta non Verba, Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami (2016) and group exhibition Visionary Aponte: Art and Black Freedom, Power Plant Gallery, Duke University, Durham (2018).
Marielle Plaisir, Jungle, 2019, Acrylic and ink on canvas, 119 x 119 cm. Courtesy De Buck Gallery