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Romuald Hazoumé | Avion de Terre 2004 | Type C photograph on paper ed. 1/6 | 120.5 x 81cm | Purchased 2009 with funds from the Bequest of Grace Davies and Nell Davies through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | © Romuald Hazoume 2004 /ADAGP. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney, 2010

Romuald Hazoumé ‘Avion de Terre’ 2004

Romuald Hazoumé’s work is humorous, playful and political. He produces sculpture, painting and photography but is best known for his ‘masks’ — an ongoing series commenced in the mid 1980s, in which he modifies discarded plastic jerry cans and other materials to take on the appearance of faces. As the artist’s photographs attest, these jerry cans are ubiquitous in Benin: they are often used to carry rice to the Nigerian border, which is then traded for black-market petrol.

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