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I will spatter the sky utterly: Romuald Hazoumè

August 29, 2023 Through May 26, 2024

In the Anne Greer and Fredric B. Garonzik Family Gallery

Curated by Kymberly S. Newberry

Beninese artist Romuald Hazoumè’s masks are narrative sculptures memorializing people, places, and moments. Composed mostly of plastic gasoline containers and other discarded materials, the masks are a voucher for reuse, resilience, and rebuilding. Heavy with subtext, they speak to the fraught life of the Beninese men and women who are forced to navigate porous borders between Benin and neighboring Nigeria as part of the illicit fuel trade in order to survive. This intimate exhibition presents a single mask by Hazoumè—Kawessi, 2013—in the larger context of environmental crisis and activism.

This exhibition is made possible by the Susan Davenport Page 1931 and Margaret Davenport Page Fales 1929 Art Fund

Learn more about the artist Romuald Hazoumè.