Chloé Duplessis creates images that elevate the unknown, illuminate the forgotten, and address the present. In doing so, she seeks to erode the social constructs that oppress people of color and those navigating disability. She is a legally blind artist, historian, and culture bearer committed to creating work that centers around history and healing.
With over twenty years of experience in intercultural engagement, arts administration and advocacy, she has traveled to 9 countries and 22 states in support of her work. She earned a Bachelor's degree in Cultural Studies from The University of New Orleans, and studied art and history at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. She has served as artist-in-residence for numerous organizations, including Provenance Hotels, the Mountain Sky Conference of the United Methodist Church and the Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts.
She presents work annually and offers talks on art, equity and inclusive design.
Do you know what it feels like to live in a space founded by a system of thought that measures your capacity and worth on scales informed by the illusion of whiteness?
And because the residue of slavery and oppression are woven into the very fabric of our history, those of us working to unravel the quilt of conditioning often find ourselves in the ring with no clear opponent.