Selected Works

Kiluanji Kia Henda

Mare Nostrum (Black Birds), 2019/2020 Assemblage of 53 inkjet prints on fine art papers Work: 264.5 x 403 cm

Kiluanji Kia Henda

Migrants Who Don't Give a Fuck , 2019 Silkscreen and inkjet print Work: 100 x 63 cm

Kiluanji Kia Henda

The Geometric Ballad of Fear (8), 2019 Inkjet print on fine art paper Work: 100 x 120 cm

Kiluanji Kia Henda

Concrete Affection - Zopo Lady, 2014 One channel video

Kiluanji Kia Henda

The Fortress, 2014 Iron bars and reflective floor Work: 1200 x 1200 x 1200 cm

Kiluanji Kia Henda

Under The Silent Eye of Lenin, 2017 Installation with wooden sculptures, nails, sand, feathers, textile, video and posters Variable Dimensions

Kiluanji Kia Henda

In the Days of a Dark Safari #8, 2017 Inkjet print on cotton paper Work: 93 x 140 cm

Kiluanji Kia Henda

Havemos de Voltar (We Shall Return), 2017 Single-channel film 17 minutes 30 seconds

Kiluanji Kia Henda

The Last Journey of the Dictator Mussunda N'zombo Before the Great Extinction (Act II) , 2017 Inkjet print on cotton paper Work: 150 x 225 cm

Kiluanji Kia Henda

The bad guys and the good guys, 2010-2016 10 silkscreen prints Work: 70 x 100 (each) cm

Kiluanji Kia Henda

Fachada Iliusória #1 , 2019 Inkjet print on matte paper Image: 60 x 90 cm

Kiluanji Kia Henda

Rusty Mirage (The City Skyline) , 2013 Installation with iron structure in the desert of Al-Azraq, Jordan | series of 8 images of the installation printed on cotton paper Work: 100 x 70 cm


Kiluanji Kia Henda (b. 1979 in Luanda, Angola) employs a surprising sense of humour in his work, which often hones in on themes of identity, politics, and perceptions of postcolonialism and modernism in Africa. Practicing in the fields of photography, video, and performance, Kia Henda has tied his multidisciplinary approach to a sharp sense of criticality. A profound springboard into this realm comes from growing up in a household of photography enthusiasts. Furthermore, his conceptual edge has been sharpened by immersing himself in music, avantgarde theatre, and collaborating with a collective of emerging artists in Luanda’s art scene. In complicity with historical legacy, Kia Henda realises the process of appropriation and manipulation of public spaces and structures, and the different representations that form part of collective memory, as a relevant complexion of his aesthetical construction.

His solo exhibitions have been held in galleries and institutions around the world. His work has featured on biennales in Venice, Dakar and São Paulo as well as major travelling exhibitions such as Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design and The Divine Comedy: Heaven, Hell, Purgatory revisited by Contemporary African Artists.

Kia Henda currently lives and works between Luanda and Lisbon.


Narrative Means / 2018

02 June - 14 July 2018

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07 October - 18 November 2017

the silences between / 2017

24 August - 29 September 2017

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28 January - 04 March 2017


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