Romuald Hazoumé

Trip Start Jun 16, 2007
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Trip End Sep 23, 2007


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Friday, August 17, 2007

*1962 in Porto Novo (BJ), lives in Porto Novo (BJ)
Hazoumés artistic work is deeply rooted in the consciousness of an independent African cultural tradition and identity. In his paintings, he transfers rituals - symbols of the Fa oracle - into contemporary visual culture. His material collage works are based on disposed of items and everyday objects, which he often uses for criticising the European cross-culture awareness and the consequences of modernity.

For documenta 12, Hazoumé has installed a new art work: Dream (2007), a boat which is made of black oil cans is just in front of a picture showing an idyllic beach. But the people are forced to leave their homeland. They flee to where everything is supposedly better. But Hazoumé wishes to stay. The oil cans represent the passengers who travel in such boats. Even individual signatures are legible. Here Hazoumé stakes a claim to universal validity, no matter how corrupt African countries may be.
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