Kiluanji Kia Henda

Born in Angola in 1979, lives and works in Luanda.

Kiluanji Kia Henda is a self-taught who a deep stepping stone into this realm comes from growing up in a family of photography enthusiasts. His conceptual avant-garde was sharpened by diving into music, avant-garde theater and collaboration with a collective of emerging artists in the Luanda art scene.

In his practice, he uses art as a method of transmitting and constructing history. More than putting together the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle of different historical episodes, Kia Henda explores photography, video, performance, installation and the object-sculpture to materialize fictional narratives and displace facts to different temporalities and quarrels.

Using humor and irony, he interferes with themes such as identity, politics, perceptions of postcolonial and modernism in Africa. Working in perverted complicity with the historical legacy, Kia Henda sees the process of appropriation and manipulation of public spaces and structures and as different representations that make collective memory, as a relevant complexion of her aesthetic construction.

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