Contemporary African Art Collection / Jean Pigozzi
|La Bouche du Roi by Romuald Hazoumé - British Museum Art Funded in 2006|
La Bouche du Roi is a multi-media installation, the main components of which are 304 'masks' made from black plastic petrol cans, a CD of sounds and voices, and a short film detailing the lives of motorcyclists who run petrol between Bénin and Nigeria, a form of modern day slavery.
La Bouche du Roi by Romuald Hazoumé, 19972000
© Romuald Hazoumé
The shape of the installation is based on a famous 18th-century print of the British slave ship, the Brookes, a model of which Wilberforce used in his campaign for abolition. The artist uses cans to suggest the bodies of slaves portrayed in the print.
The artist; The October Gallery.
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