London

Romuald Hazoumè
Lives & Works in Porto-Novo, Benin
Romuald Hazoumè is one of Africa’s foremost contemporary artists. In 2022, October Gallery held his fifth solo show in London, titled CARNAVAL. In this exhibition of new and much-anticipated work, Hazoumè returns to his signature masques bidons (repurposed masks), in which he keenly depicts international concerns and the figures that populate the world's political stage. Since the mid-1980s, Hazoumè has become known for his provocative masks and installations made from discarded plastic containers and petrol canisters. His monumental installations act as metaphors for African history and identity. Whether taking aim at endemic political corruption in Africa, or a global indifference and inaction that compounds environmental disasters, Hazoumè creates visually striking works capable of compressing bewildering details into complex, yet nuanced metaphors that contain many powerful ideas. In 2021, he was part of four major museum exhibitions; Expression(s) décoloniale(s) #2, Musée d’histoire de Nantes; Africa Reborn, Musée du quai Branly, Paris; Portable Sculpture, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds and Ten True Stories at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Romuald Hazoumè will be presented by October Gallery. 
Romuald Hazoumè, Napo, 2022, Found objects, 43 x 41 x 14 cm. Courtesy the Artist and October Gallery.

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