Kiluanji Kia Henda

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

Kiluanji Kia Henda is an autodidact which a profound springboard into this realm comes from growing up in a household of photography enthusiasts.  His conceptual edge was sharpened by immersing himself into music, avant-garde theater and collaborating with a collective of emerging artists in Luanda´s art scene.

In his practice, he uses art as method to transmit and forge history. More than putting together the pieces of a complex puzzle of different historical episodes, Kia Henda explores photography, video, performance, installation and object-sculpture to materialize fictitious narratives and dislocating the facts to different temporalities and contests.

Using humor and irony, he interferes on subjects as identity, politics, perceptions of post-colonial and modernism in Africa. Working in pervert complicity with the historical legacy, Kia Henda sees the process of appropriation and manipulation of the public spaces and structures, and the different representations that makes part of the collective memory, as a relevant complexion of his aesthetical construction.

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