La Bouche du Roi is a multi-media installation, the main components of which are 304 'masks' made from black plastic petrol cans, a CD of sounds and voices, and a short film detailing the lives of motorcyclists who run petrol between Bénin and Nigeria, a form of modern day slavery.
La Bouche du Roi by Romuald Hazoumé, 19972000
© Romuald Hazoumé
- Oil drums, plastic, glass, shells, tobacco, fabrics, mirrors, metal Dimensions: 10 x 2.9 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £30,000 ( Total: £100,000)
- Acquired in:
- Elisabeth Lalouscheck
The shape of the installation is based on a famous 18th-century print of the British slave ship, the Brookes, a model of which Wilberforce used in his campaign for abolition. The artist uses cans to suggest the bodies of slaves portrayed in the print.
The artist; The October Gallery.