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Romuald Hazoumè

September 5–October 13, 2018
Park & 75, New York

Installation view Artwork © 2018 Romuald Hazoumè and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © 2018 Romuald Hazoumè and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © 2018 Romuald Hazoumè and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © 2018 Romuald Hazoumè and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © 2018 Romuald Hazoumè and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © 2018 Romuald Hazoumè and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Rob McKeever

Works Exhibited

Romuald Hazoumè, Algoma, 2016 Plastic and raffia, 21 ⅝ × 15 ¾ × 7 ⅞ inches (55 × 40 × 20 cm)© 2018 Romuald Hazoumè and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Zarko Vijatovic

Romuald Hazoumè, Algoma, 2016

Plastic and raffia, 21 ⅝ × 15 ¾ × 7 ⅞ inches (55 × 40 × 20 cm)
© 2018 Romuald Hazoumè and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Zarko Vijatovic

Romuald Hazoumè, Oiseau bleu, 2018 Plastic and rooster feathers, 15 × 15 × 6 ⅜ inches (38 × 38 × 16 cm)© 2018 Romuald Hazoumè and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Zarko Vijatovic

Romuald Hazoumè, Oiseau bleu, 2018

Plastic and rooster feathers, 15 × 15 × 6 ⅜ inches (38 × 38 × 16 cm)
© 2018 Romuald Hazoumè and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Zarko Vijatovic

Romuald Hazoumè, Mon fort intérieur, 1997 Plastic, 15 ¾ × 11 × 11 inches (40 × 28 × 28 cm)© 2018 Romuald Hazoumè and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Zarko Vijatovic

Romuald Hazoumè, Mon fort intérieur, 1997

Plastic, 15 ¾ × 11 × 11 inches (40 × 28 × 28 cm)
© 2018 Romuald Hazoumè and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Zarko Vijatovic

Romuald Hazoumè, Cocotamba, 2017 Plastic and wood, 10 ¼ × 12 ⅝ × 8 ¾ inches (26 × 32 × 22 cm)© 2018 Romuald Hazoumè and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Zarko Vijatovic

Romuald Hazoumè, Cocotamba, 2017

Plastic and wood, 10 ¼ × 12 ⅝ × 8 ¾ inches (26 × 32 × 22 cm)
© 2018 Romuald Hazoumè and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Zarko Vijatovic

Romuald Hazoumè, L’éventail, 2018 Plastic and duck feathers, 25 ¼ × 31 ½ × 7 ⅛ inches (64 × 80 × 18 cm)© 2018 Romuald Hazoumè and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Zarko Vijatovic

Romuald Hazoumè, L’éventail, 2018

Plastic and duck feathers, 25 ¼ × 31 ½ × 7 ⅛ inches (64 × 80 × 18 cm)
© 2018 Romuald Hazoumè and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Zarko Vijatovic

Romuald Hazoumè, Curazao, 2018 Plastic and pheasant feathers, 33 ⅛ × 30 ¾ × 8 ¾ inches (84 × 78 × 22 cm)© 2018 Romuald Hazoumè and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Zarko Vijatovic

Romuald Hazoumè, Curazao, 2018

Plastic and pheasant feathers, 33 ⅛ × 30 ¾ × 8 ¾ inches (84 × 78 × 22 cm)
© 2018 Romuald Hazoumè and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Zarko Vijatovic

Romuald Hazoumè, Toupieman, 2018 Plastic and brush, 12 ⅝ × 10 ¼ × 10 ¼ inches (32 × 26 × 26 cm)© 2018 Romuald Hazoumè and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Zarko Vijatovic

Romuald Hazoumè, Toupieman, 2018

Plastic and brush, 12 ⅝ × 10 ¼ × 10 ¼ inches (32 × 26 × 26 cm)
© 2018 Romuald Hazoumè and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Zarko Vijatovic

Romuald Hazoumè, Un Bleu, 2018 Plastic and brush, 13 ⅜ × 10 ⅝ × 2 ⅜ inches (34 × 27 × 6 cm)© 2018 Romuald Hazoumè and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Zarko Vijatovic

Romuald Hazoumè, Un Bleu, 2018

Plastic and brush, 13 ⅜ × 10 ⅝ × 2 ⅜ inches (34 × 27 × 6 cm)
© 2018 Romuald Hazoumè and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Zarko Vijatovic

About

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

Gagosian is pleased to present an exhibition of works by Romuald Hazoumè, bringing together sculptures from 1997 to the present. This is Gagosian’s second exhibition of Hazoumè’s work following a 2016 show in Paris, and his first solo exhibition in New York since 1999.

Hazoumè’s art—which ranges across sculpture, photography, film, and sound—absorbs and confronts the complex realities of contemporary life in Benin and the broader ramifications of Pan-African politics. A bricoleur whose formal currency is often found in recycled materials—for example, the fifty-liter plastic bidon, or jerrycan, a local staple for the illegal purchase of cheap gasoline from Nigeria—Hazoumè uses strategies of repetition and recombination to create works of elegant potency whose effects are intensified by the wordplay of his titles.

Masks are perhaps the best-known aspect of Hazoumè’s art. In Yoruba culture, masks have long had ceremonial and symbolic importance, as the head and the face are often regarded as the locus of a person’s destiny. Highly valued by European markets, African masks became recurring motifs in the artwork of the twentieth-century European avant-gardes. Freed from ritual or sociological purpose, Hazoumè’s masks consciously adapt the signifiers of African-European exchange to contemporary realities. Composed of plastic gasoline containers and other discarded materials, the masks are freighted with subtext, bringing to mind the Beninese men and women who, unable to find legal employment, are forced to ferry contraband gasoline between Nigerian sources and their Beninese consumers in order to survive.

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