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Camera: Ben Wickes | Editing: Mellissa Kavenagh, Ben Wickes

21st Century Artist Interview: Romuald Hazoumé

Romuald Hazoumé’s assemblages are constructed from a range of discarded materials, including the plastic containers used to smuggle petrol into Benin from neighbouring Nigeria. This ‘recycling’ refers to historical inequities in exchange between Africa and Europe —  of slaves, of traditional artefacts being sent to Europe and the Americas over centuries, and of the contemporary phenomenon in which industrialised countries pay African nations to allow the dumping of their waste. Hazoumé creates a subversive feedback loop within this system by recycling the waste as sculpture to be exhibited in (primarily) European galleries. During a research visit to Australia in September 2010, Hazoumé spoke with Russell Storer, Curatorial Manager, Asian and Pacific Art about his practice and contribution to the ‘21st Century: Art in the First Decade’ exhibition.

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