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  • Year: 2017
  • Place: Abuja
  • Land: Nigeria (9.0643305,7.4892974) exempl.
  • Category: Economy, Participation/ Social issues/ Politics, Pollution/ Destruction/ Toxins, Resources/ Energy/ Nuclear/ Fossil, and Waste/ Recycling/ Upcyling
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  • Artist: Hazoumè, Romuald
    Birthdate: 1962
    Land of Birth: Benin

For works such as COCOTAMBA, Hazoumè assembles used plastic water or gasoline containers into masks. These masks visualise mechanisms of exploitation, environmental destruction and the principles of the art market.

„Twisting references to the commodity and exchange economy that drives our interdependent and interconnected world order—the black market trade of bidontransporting products that sustain corruption and exploit workers in African countries; the cheap, nearly non-biodegradable plastic polluting the environment of emerging economies; and the salvaged containers remade and assigned new value as marketable art products—Hazoumè upends the model that had previously subordinated African cultural expression to Western formalist ideals and gives Modernism an ironic spin.” (Susan Canning)

“I send back to the West that which belongs to them, which is to say, the refuse of consumer society that invades us every day.” (Romuald Hazoumè)

Iroquois © Romuald Hazoumè, ADAGP, 2009 – Courtesy Galerie MAGNIN-A, Paris
Nanawax, 2009 © Romuald Hazoumè, ADAGP, 2009 – Courtesy Galerie MAGNIN-A, Paris

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