(b. 1962, Porto Novo, Benin).
Romuald Hazoumè's humorous, playful and political art is deeply rooted in the culture and customs of Benin, in West Africa, where he was born and where he continues to live.
A sculptor, painter, photographer and sound artist, he is best known for his masques bidon ('jerry-can masks'), which are often massed together in complex installations. He regards these portrait masks, made from discarded plastic canisters and other found materials, as both a tribute to West Africa's masquerade traditions and a powerful commentary on present-day life in Benin. The plastic containers refer directly to the illegal and dangerous black market trafficking of petrol, which is transported (often by boys) from neighbouring Nigeria to Benin in jerry-cans. A product of the West, plastic jerry-cans are ubiquitous in Africa. As Hazoumè's primary material, they are both expedient and telling. In making works that are shown outside Africa, he says: 'I send back to the West that which belongs to them - that is to say, the refuse of consumer society that invades us every day.'
Scrap Tales: making art with discarded materials
This six-hour workshop, spread over two days, seeks to unlock your innate creative potential, resourcefulness and ingenuity. Together with the artist Romuald Hazoumè, you use discarded, non-biodegradable, everyday objects to create previously unimaginable artworks.
Strategies of re-using, reclaiming, transforming and ultimately re-imagining found objects lie at the heart of this workshop.
This use of found objects and appropriated materials, as well as the beneficial effects that this has on the environment, are fundamental to Hazoumè's practice and form a significant element in much of African art today.
Please note, this is a free event and does not require a ticket but spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis on day one of each two-day class.
2pm, Saturday 30th June and Sunday 1st July
2pm, Tuesday 3rd July and Wednesday 4th July
Venue: Hayward Gallery Room 2
Approximate duration: up to 3 hours each day