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La Bouche du Roi by Romuald Hazoumé - British Museum • Art Funded in 2006

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, 1997–2000
© Romuald Hazoumé


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.

Provenance
The artist; The October Gallery.

Venue details
British Museum
Great Russell Street London WC1B 3DG
020 7323 8299

Entry details
Free entry to all
50% off exhibitions with National Art Pass
Daily, 10am – 5.30pm (Fri until 8.30pm)
Closed 24 – 26 Dec and 1 Jan

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