La Bouche du Roi by Romuald Hazoumé

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.


Oil drums, plastic, glass, shells, tobacco, fabrics, mirrors, metal
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.

Venue details

British Museum Great Russell Street, LONDON London WC1B 3DG 020 7323 8181

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