Romuald Hazoumè’s astute and sardonically political oeuvre is realised in a diverse range of media, including multi-media installation, sculpture, video, photography and painting. Using the ubiquitous plastic petrol can as his iconic signature, Hazoumè undertakes monumental installations that act as metaphors of African place, history and identity. Hazoumè’s works take aim at complex subjects from political corruption to migration.
In 2007 Hazoumè was awarded the Arnold Bode Prize at documenta 12, Kassel. He has been shown in major international galleries and museums, including British Museum, London; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Brooklyn Museum, New York; Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), Brisbane; National Museum of African Art – Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC and Kunsthaus Graz, Austria. Recent exhibitions include Art/Africa; le nouvel atelier, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris (2017) and Essentiel Paysage, Musée d’Art Contemporain Africain Al Maaden (MACAAL), Marrakech (2016–17).