Killing Us S̶o̶f̶t̶l̶y̶, 2019
One panel of triptych about the Chlordecone tragedy affecting the French West Indies based on the Japanese pictorial maxim of the three wise monkeys “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil”.
It symbolises how the French Government pressurised by a minority of influent large planters behaved towards the French Caribbean population over more than 30 years. Except in this case, ignoring or underestimating a mass contamination by pesticide lead to heavy consequences affecting us today and centuries to come.
- The pesticide officially declared toxic in 1972 and banned in the US in 1976 following an environmental crisis in Hopewell (Virginia), continued to be legal under the French government for use on the islands until 1993.
- A 2013 study found among adults in Martinique and Guadeloupe, that 95% had chlordecone in their blood while they rank number one in the world for rates of prostate cancer.
- Chlordecone is a persistent and long lasting toxin remaining in the soil for up to 600 years with a range of harmful effects on humans including cancer, infertility and premature births.
With the use of golden blood, it is suggested that while our people are bleeding and dying, all “they” see is gold. The real poison being greed, profit by any means necessary without concerns about the collateral damage on your own turf.
Photography and Dataviz by Mister Geez, London based visual story teller from Martinique
Male model is Ralph Richer from the Ziloka French Caribbean traditional music group based in London, UK
- Panel 3 (Hear Evil) is When? Shows a symbolic timeline with the distribution of various events or actions affecting the population considered dangerous, safe, warnings, scientific studies, community petitions and crowdfunding, legal and lobbying
- Speeches linked to QR codes on Panel 3 (Hear Evil) are from M. Malcom Ferdinand (environmental engineer, doctor of political philosophy and CNRS researcher) during the French Parlementary Commission of Enquiry about Chlordecone in September 2019 (report published December 4th) – translated and read in English & various languages by neural network Amazon Polly cloud service
Art piece info:
- Available in one size (A2, 594x420 mm)
- Printed on fine art Hahnemühle Pearl 285gsm paper
- Giclée print with an archival lifespan of up to 200 years
- International shipping included in price
- Framing and mounting not included
- Certificate of authenticity provided
- Limited edition of 10
- 20% donation made to Dr Sarra Gaspard's Laboratoire COVACHIM-M2E (Antilles University) working on chlordecone biodegradation solutions