Poderosa de Bom Jesus, 2008
Fine art paper, mounted on Dibond170x110cm
KILUANJI KIA HENDA
Kiluanji Kia Henda is an autodidact which a profound springboard into this realm comes from growing up in a household of photography enthusiasts. Spending time with photographer turned paparazzo John Liebenberg whose documentary photographs from apartheid and Angolan civil war, helped the artist discover the power of images to reveal untold stories. 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.
Kiluanji has participated in several residencies programs and in the following selected exhibitions: The First Triennial of Luanda, 2007; Check List Luanda Pop, African Pavillion, 53rd Biennale of Venice, 2007; Farewell to Post-Colonialism, 3rd Triennial of Guangzhou, 2008; There is always a cup of sea to sail in, 29th São Paulo Biennial, 2010; Tomorrow Was Already Here, Tamayo Museum, Mexico DC., 2012; Les Praires, Les Atliers de Rennes - Biennale of Contemporary Art, Rennes, 2012; Mondays Begins On Saturday, First Bergen Triennial – Bergen Assembly, Bergen, 2013; The Shadows Took Form, The Studio Museum of Harlem, New York, 2013; The Divine Comedy_Museum of Modern Art, Frankfurt, 2014; Producing The Common, 11th of Dakar Biennale – Dak´Art, 2014.
In 2012 he won the National Award for Culture and the Arts from the Angolan Ministry of Culture.
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