Selected Works

Grada Kilomba

The Desire Project, 2016 Three-channel video installation, HD, in black and white, sound, 2' 46", looped, with environment: printed impressions and a shrine installation.

Grada Kilomba

Table of Goods, 2017 Installation with soil, sugar, coffee beans, ground coffee, cocoa, dark chocolate and candles

Grada Kilomba

Plantation Memories, 2018 Single-channel video installation of staged reading, HD, colour, sound, 14’14", looped.

Grada Kilomba

The Chorus, 2017 Wall Installation, a poem printed in vinyl on the wall.

Grada Kilomba

The Dictionary, 2019 Five-channel black and white video installation, HD, black and white, sound,10', looped.

Grada Kilomba

Illusions Vol. I, Narcissus and Echo, 2017 Two-channel video installation, HD, colour, sound. 30 minutes 38 seconds

Grada Kilomba

Illusions Vol. III, Antigone, 2019 Two channel video installation, sound, 54’ 35”, in loop.


Grada Kilomba (b. 1968, Lisbon, Portugal) is an interdisciplinary artist, whose work interrogates concepts of knowledge, power and violence.

“What stories are told? How are they told? And told by whom?” are constant questions in Kilomba’s body of work, to revise post-colonial narratives. With a singular beauty, Kilomba subversively translates text into image, movement and installation, by giving body, voice and form to her own critical writings.

Performance, staged reading, video, photography and installation are a platform for her unique practice of storytelling, which intentionally disrupts the proverbial ‘white cube’ through a new and urgent decolonial language and imagery.

Her work has been presented in major international events such as: La Biennale de Lubumbashi VI; 10. Berlin Biennale; Documenta 14, Kassel; 32. Bienal de São Paulo. Selected solo and group exhibitions include the Pinacoteca de São Paulo; Bildmuseet, Umeå; Kadist Art Foundation, Paris; The Power Plant, Toronto; Maxim Gorki Theatre, Berlin; MAAT – Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, Lisbon; Secession Museum, Vienna; Bozar Museum, Brussels; PAC- Pavillion Art Contemporanea, Milan.

Her work features in public and private collections worldwide, including the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, and MAAT — Museum of Art, Artchitecture and Technology.

Kilomba holds a distinguished Doctorate in Philosophy from the Freie Universität Berlin. She has lectured at several international universities, and was a Professor at the Humboldt Universität Berlin, Department of Gender Studies.

Among others, she is the author of the acclaimed “Plantation Memories” (Unrast, 2008) a compilation of episodes of everyday racism written in the form of short psychoanalytical stories. Her book has been translated into several languages, and was listed as the most important non-fiction literature in Brazil, 2019.


I've grown roses in this gard...

03 October - 30 October 2019

Acts of Reading / 2019

25 May - 13 July 2019

In Context / this past was wa...

30 August - 29 September 2018

Grada Kilomba / Speaking the ...

17 March - 14 April 2018


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