Romuald Hazoumè’s astute and sardonically political oeuvre is realised in a diverse and often unconventional range of media, including multi-media installations, sculpture, video, photography and painting. Using the ubiquitous plastic petrol can as his iconic signature, Hazoumè’s monumental installations act as metaphors of African place, history and identity. Whether confronting the legacy of the slave trade or creating witty contemporary portraits, his work documents the irrepressible diversity of Africa today.
Arnold Bode prizewinner at documenta 12, Hazoumè belongs to the leading ranks of the international artistic community. His work has been shown in major international galleries and museums, including the British Museum, London, UK; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA; Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), Brisbane, Australia; the National Museum of African Art – Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, USA; the Kunsthaus Graz, Graz, Austria; International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Cartagena de Indias, Colombia; and Fondation Zinsou, Cotonou, Republic of Benin.