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Romuald Hazoumè

Born in 1962, Porto-Novo (Benin)

Lives and works in Porto-Novo (Benin)

Romuald Hazoumè’s body of work primarily encompasses sculpture, but also painting, video and photography. 

His sculptural creations are distinguished by their economy of means. Hazoumè works with used objects and preserves their original patina. A few gestures, a combination or a reversal are enough to reveal underlying faces and to revive the mask tradition which he identifies with, himself a member of the Yoruba culture. In this way, a kettle or jerry can spout resembles a mouth, and a vacuum or watering pot handle becomes a nose. Once on the wall, Hazoumè’s works disrupt codes of ancestral knowledge with accuracy and irony: playing with stereotypes about Africa, he skilfully turns attention to the Western refuse that floods the continent’s streets.

Selected Bibliography

Pagé, Suzanne ; Magnin, André ; Scherf, Angeline... [et al.]. Les initiés : un choix d’œuvres (1989-20009) dans la collection d'art contemporain africain de Jean Pigozzi : [Exposition, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, 25 avril - 28 août 2017]. Paris : Editions Dilecta, 2017.

Dagen, Philippe. Romuald Hazoumé. Arè. [exposition, Cotonou, Bénin, Fondation Zinsou, de juin à novembre 2015.]. Cotonou : Fondation Zinsou, 2015. (Les Cahiers de la Fondation).

Holler-Schuster Günther ; Konaté, Yacouba ; Jocks, Heinz-Norbert... [et al.]. Romuald Hazoumé : beninische Solidarität mit gefährdeten Westlern = Romuald Hazoumé : solidarité béninoise pour occidentaux en péril : [Exhibition, Kunsthaus Graz, Universum Joanneum, 21.09.2013 - 12.01.2014]. Köln : König, 2013.

Cremin, Mary ; Houghton, Gerard ; Kissane, Seán... [et al.]. Romuald Hazoumè : [Exhibition, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Feb. 8-May 15, 2011 ; Oriel Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno, Wales, July 23-Sept. 10, 2011]. Dublin : Irish Museum of Modern Art, 2011.

Hazoumé, Romuald ; Henatsch, Martin ; Herbert-Gerisch-Stiftung (Neumünster). Romuald Hazoumé : my paradise - made in Porto-Novo : [Ausstellung, Herbert-Gerisch-Stiftung, Neumünster 6. Juni - 10. Oktober 2010]. Ostfildern : Hatje Cantz, 2010.

Hazoumé, Romuald ; Magnin, André. La bouche du roi : [exposition, Paris, Quai Branly, 12 septembre au 13 novembre 2006]. Paris : Flammarion ; Paris : Musée du quai Branly, 2006. 

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