Talk: Romuald Hazoumè on Dance of the Butterflies
Saturday 14 February, 3-4pm.
A talk by one of Africa’s foremost contemporary artists, Romuald Hazoumè, about his stunning new art work, Dance of the Butterflies. Dance of the Butterflies features swarms of multicoloured ‘butterflies’ which will take over the Museum’s Living Worlds gallery, interacting with the Museum’s own collections. Hazoumè, whose work was featured in We Face Forward, the Manchester-wide celebration of West African art and culture in 2012, will return to create this work for Manchester Museum. The hundreds of butterflies are made from off-cuts of vibrant African wax-print fabrics from the artist’s home country of Benin. Dance of the Butterflies represents a very African take on politics, exploitation and the ‘butterfly effect’- the way in which tiny impulses within chaotic systems can lead to unexpectedly serious effects. The display opens to coincide with the reopening of the Whitworth, following a £15million redevelopment.
Image: Romuald Hazoumè, iClaoud (from the installation Dance of the Butterflies) 2014, mixed media with cotton printed fabric, variable dimensions. Photo: the artist, courtesy October Gallery, London.
Price: Book online below or phone 0161 275 2648, free, adults
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