Hazoumè, Romuald
Born 1962 in Porto-Novo, Benin
Lives and works in Porto-Novo and Cotonou, Benin
Romuald Hazoumè astute and sardonically political oeuvre is realised in a diverse range of media. Whether taking aim at political corruption or addressing the global indifference compounding environmental disasters, Hazoumè creates visually striking works. Using the ubiquitous plastic petrol can as his signature material, Hazoumè undertakes monumental installations which act as metaphors of African place, history, and identity. Hazoumè’s work has been exhibited in major international galleries and museums across the world. Recent exhibitions including his works are Slavery, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam (2021); Ex-Africa, Musée du Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac, Paris (2021); Romuald Hazoumè; Expression(s) décoloniale(s) #2, Château des Duc de Bretagne, Musée d’Histoire de Nantes, Nantes (2021); and Portable Sculpture, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds (2021). His works are in prominent public and private collections around the world.
Romuald Hazoumè, Kpayo Army (detail), from the series 'Kpayoland', 2004, Edition of 6 plus 2 artist's proofs, C-type print, 80 x 120 cm. Courtesy of October Gallery.|Romuald Hazoumè, 'La déesse de l'amour', 2012, Wood carving, wire and padlocks, 172 x 82 x 82 cm, Courtesy of Magnin-A|Romuald Hazoumè Orùka dùdù, 2017, Plastic, iron and feather, 35 x 20 x 20 cm. Courtesy MAGNIN-A