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Romuald Hazoumé | Liberté 2009 | Plastic, porcupine quills and fabric | 50 x 43 x 25cm | Purchased 2010 with a special allocation from the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | © Romuald Hazoume 2009 /ADAGP. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney, 2010

Romuald Hazoumé ‘Liberté’ 2009

In an historical context, Romuald Hazoumé’s masks can be understood in relation to traditional Yoruba masks traditionally made for religious purposes. Following European contact, masks became a sought-after commodity and were highly valued by collectors in Europe. In the early twentieth century, they were recognised as having had a major influence on the formal innovations made by the European avant-garde. Highly attuned to the European fascination with African masks, Hazoumé’s works are emblematic of what Gerard A Houghton has described as the artist’s ‘drolly subversive take on the ongoing inequalities of exchange between contemporary Africa and the Western world’.

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