ⓘ La Bouche du Roi (artwork)

                                     

ⓘ La Bouche du Roi (artwork)

La Bouche du Roi is an artwork by Romuald Hazoume, an artist from the Republic of Benin, West Africa, for the 200th anniversary of the abolition of slavery. It was bought by the British Museum, where it is on display in Room 35 from 22 March to 13 May 2007 before a 2-year tour to Hull, Liverpool, Bristol, Newcastle and London. The story of its acquisition was told in an episode of the documentary series The Museum.

It was produced in the period from 1997 to 2005 and named after the place, Bouches-du-ROI in Benin from which African slaves were transported to the Caribbean and America. In a broader context, it is primarily a warning against all kinds of human greed, exploitation and enslavement, both historical and modern. It is made of a combination of materials, including petrol cans, inflated to hold more spices, as well as audio and visual elements. The composition of the painting recalls the famous 18th-century print of the slave ship Brooks. 304 masks made from petrol cans, each with an open mouth, eyes and nose, reflecting Brooks images, but gives back individuality and African cultures, slaves including markers of the African gods of Voodoo Orisha or attached to each side. Two masks at the stern of the ship - scales of justice between them - represent the white king has imposed on the native of Benin and the king of Benin engaged in African and European guilt for trade. Bottles, beads and cowrie shells are also included as examples of the material that was used to barter for slaves, as tobacco and spices, their smell mixed with the slave ship.

                                     
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