Prolific in a wide range of media, Hazoumè creates photographs, masks, canvases and installations.
In his photographs, slavery is the recurrent theme. Not the historical slavery of the dominant western power in search of cheap labour, but more modern equivalents. Hazoumè focuses upon the Beninese men forced to ferry contraband petrol between Nigerian sources and their Beninese consumers. Estimates suggest that 90% of all fuel used in Benin passes through these black-market channels known locally as Kpayo. His photographic series exposes an undercover system of gross exploitation. Whether confronting the legacy of the slave trade or creating witty portraits, his work documents the diversity of African life today. His work was exhibited at the Queensland Art Gallery, Australia and the Gerisch Foundation, Germany, in 2010 and his new solo exhibition which opened February 2011 continues until May at IMMA, Ireland. Two new, major catalogues were produced for the latter exhibitions.