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Ton pied mon pied (Your Foot, My Foot)

Photo Credit: Rich Sanders, Des Moines

Ton pied mon pied (Your Foot, My Foot)

Artist: Romuald Hazoumé (Beninese, born 1962)
Date: 2011
Medium: Mixed media
Dimensions:
Overall: 10 5/8 × 13 3/8 × 11 7/16 in. (27 × 34 × 29 cm.)
Credit Line: Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections; Julian and Irma Brody African Art Collection by exchange, 2013.31
Accession number: 2013.31
Classification: sculpture
Label TextTon pied mon pied is an exemplary example of what Hazoume refers to as his "jerrican masks," sculptures that follow in the West African and Yoruba mask traditions. He creates these pieces from discarded plastic canisters that were often used to smuggle gasoline from Nigeria into Benin, his home country. Hazoume used the forms inherent in this found material to mimic facial features to which he added black fiber to a configuration reminiscent of historical and contemporary hairstyles. In Ton pied mon pied, the artist quotes historical sources, extracts from current social and economic realities, and supplements these with humor to respond to his life experiences. Source: News, Oct Nov Dec 2-13.
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